Parent Rights in Special Education

Parents of children who receive or who may be eligible for special education services have rights under federal/state law.

The Hawaii Department of Education (Department) wants to ensure that all students who need special services are supported, and wants you to know about your rights regarding Special Education. The procedural safeguards explains parent rights under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act (IDEA), 34 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR), and the Hawaii Administrative Rules(HAR). 

Procedural Safeguards Notice 

In accordance with 34 CFR §300.504(a) and HAR §8-60-59, schools are required to provide a copy of theProcedural Safeguards Notice to parent(s) only one (1) time a school year, except that a copy must also be givento parent(s) during the following circumstances:

(1) Upon initial referral or parent(s) request for evaluation;

(2) Upon receipt of the first State complaint and upon receipt of the first due process complaint in a school year;
(3) In accordance with discipline procedures in 34 CFR §300.530(h); and
(4) Upon request by a parent(s).

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Have you considered taking these possible steps?

  • Contact your child’s school staff (e.g. special education teacher, principal, etc.) to discuss the issue or concern you have.
  • Discuss the situation with your school’s District Educational Specialist.
  • Reach out to the Complaints Management Program, Monitoring and Compliance Branch (MAC), for information and clarification about federal and state special education laws.
  • A more formal approach to help resolve the issue through dispute resolution. 
  • Click here to read more about your rights in special education.

Special Education Directory

808-733-4944Honolulu District Office
4967 Kilauea Avenue
Honolulu, HI 96816
School Based Behavioral Health (SBBH) Honolulu District808-733-6720808-733-4992
Autism Honolulu District808-784-6710808-733-4992
CentralAiea-Moanalua-Radford808-421-4263808-421-4145Central District Office
1136 California Avenue
Wahiawa, HI 96786
​Autism/SBBH Aiea/Moanalua/Radford​808-307-3641
​Autism/SBBH Leilehua/Mililani/Waialua​808-622-6432
LeewardCampbell-Kapolei808-675-0335808-675-0350Leeward District Office
94-521 Farrington Hwy
Waipahu, HI 96797
Pearl City-Waipahu808-675-0384808-675-0006
SBBH Leeward District808-675-0444808-675-0350
Autism Leeward District808-675-0384808-675-0006
WindwardKailua-Kalaheo808-784-5940808-233-5722Windward District Office
46-169 Kamehameha Hwy
Kaneohe, HI 96744
SBBH Windward District808-784-5930808-233-5722
Autism Windward District808-784-5950808-233-5722
Hilo-Waiakea808-313-6599808-974-4588Hawaii District Office
75 Aupuni Street
Hilo, HI 96720 ​ ​
Konawaena-Kealakehe808-323-0015808-323-0022West Hawaii Regional Office
81-1080 Konawaena School Road
Kealakekua, HI 96750 ​ ​
​Kohala-Honokaa808-313-3790North Hawaii Regional Office
45-3380 Mamane St., Unit 2
Honokaa, HI 96727
Ka’u-Keaau-Pahoa808-982-4252South Hawaii Regional Office
16-590 Keaau-Pahoa Road
Keaau, HI 96727
Baldwin-Kekaulike-Maui808-264-5880808-873-3590Maui District Office
P.O. Box 263
Puunene, HI 96784
Molokai808-553-1723808-553-1725Molokai Complex Office
P.O. Box 470
Kaunakakai, HI 96748
808-873-3520 ext232
KauaiKauai-Kapaa-Waimea808-274-3504808-274-3508Kauai District Office
3060 Eiwa Street
Lihue, HI 96766
MACBComplaint’s Management Program


Complaints Management Program
Monitoring & Compliance Branch
Office of the Deputy Superintendent
P.O. Box 2360
Honolulu, HI 96804


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