Your Rights and Responsibilities as an SESP
Rights of an SESP
As a Special Education Surrogate Parent (SESP) you have the same rights and authority of a “parent” in special education matters, as outlined in Massachusetts regulations (603 CMR § 28.00 et seq.) and the Federal regulations (34 C.F.R. Part 300). These include, but are not limited to, the right to:
- Access all regular and special education records of the student, including all progress reports and report cards.
- Review all education evaluations.
- Attend all special education Team meetings.
- Request a Team meeting when there are concerns or changes regarding your student’s academic, social or emotional status.
- Observe your student in his or her school setting to assist in determining the appropriate educational supports and placement(s).
- View special educational placements that are being considered.
- Review and accept or reject the proposed Individualized Education Program (IEP), in whole or in part, within the 30-day time frame.
- File a complaint if you feel that the education laws or regulations, or a student’s rights are violated.
- Pursue the appeals process, if necessary.
As SESP you are NOT responsible for medical, clinical, residential, or financial decisions. Click here to see more about Limitations.
As an SESP, you have the responsibility to:
- Fulfill all rights associated with the role of the SESP.
- Advocate in the best interests of the student in relation to special education.
- Attend other educational related meetings when invited if you feel it is necessary.
- Maintain regular communication with the student’s special education providers, as well as with the student’s social worker.
- Monitor the student’s progress and special educational services provided.
- Act in a collaborative and professional manner.
- Maintain student records in your possession in an organized fashion.
- Respect the confidentiality of all records and information related to the student.
Please click here to download a copy of our handbook.
If you have any questions about what the role of SESP entails, please contact the SESP Program at 508.792.7679 for assistance.