Sample Questions to Ask School Districts
Below are questions you may want to ask of your child's new school district. When calling a district about services for your child, ask to speak with the special education department director. Remember to jot down some notes on the convenient worksheet provided.
- Whom should I contact at the school when we arrive in our new location?
- What release of information forms should I sign before leaving my current location?
- What consent and release of information forms will I need to sign when I arrive?
- What information should I bring with me or provide you before we arrive?
- Can I fax or email you a copy of my child's individualized education program?
- Will my child's individualized education program be implemented as currently written?
- What types of evidence-based practices does your district use?
- Do my child's teachers have experience and training for working with children with my child's disability?
- Will my child's teacher(s) be willing to email me weekly progress updates?
- If my child requires transportation, how will that be provided and coordinated?
- Where will my child be served: in the regular classroom, a pull-out or self-contained program or in a separate building?
- Will my child be able to participate in elective classes such as art, music and physical education?
- Is there a local support group for families with children with disabilities?
- Whom should I contact at the school district if I have issues related to my child's program?
- Sometimes my child doesn't seem to fit in. How will the school help with social skills?
- What happens if my child's unusual or quirky behavior is misinterpreted as rule-breaking?
- My child might, if upset, try to run or leave the building. How will you address this safety concern?
View these sample questions in printable PDF format.