Prior Written Notice

Logo: The Parents' Place of Maryland
Source: The Parents' Place of Maryland
Publication Date: February 2024

Prior Written Notice, also referred to as PWN, is a key right for parents with children who have disabilities and special healthcare needs. This right is part of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), a law that ensures schools communicate important decisions to parents in writing. This fact sheet includes information about when schools must provide PWN, what must be included in the written notice, and other key points parents should know.

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