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Notice of Destruction of Special Education Records
Please request copies of records by December 1, 2023
Notice date: Summer 2023
Attention: Parents/Guardians, Former Students, Eligible (Adult) Students:
This notification is to inform parents/guardians and former students of West Orange-Cove
School District’s intent to destroy the Special Education records of students who were no longer
receiving Special Education services as of the end of the 2017-18 school year. Records not
requested by December 1, 2023 will be destroyed in accordance with state law unless the
parent/guardian or eligible (adult) student notifies the school district otherwise. After five
years, the records are no longer useful to the district, but may be useful to the parent/guardian
or former student in applying for Social Security benefits, rehabilitation services, college
entrance, etc.
Records may be requested at the following address:
WOCCISD Department of Student Services
902 W. Park
Orange, TX 77630
Individuals with Disabilities Act of 2004 (IDEA):  TEA Website
The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act of 2004 (IDEA) is the federal law that governs the special education process. One of the main purposes of IDEA is to ensure that children with disabilities have available to them a free appropriate public education (FAPE) that emphasizes special education and related services designed to meet their unique needs and prepare them for further education, employment, and independent living. Special education means specially designed instruction to meet the unique needs of a child with a disability. 
Related Services:
Services are needed to support students’ special education services so they can make progress to meet their academic and functional goals. Related services can include services such as occupational therapy, physical therapy, speech-language therapy, counseling services, orientation and mobility services, and/or transportation services.
Procedural Safeguards:
The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), as amended in 2004, requires schools to provide parents of a child with a disability with a notice containing a full explanation of the procedural safeguards available under the IDEA and its implementing regulations. This document, produced by the Texas Education Agency (TEA), is intended to meet this notice requirement and help parents of children with disabilities understand their rights under the IDEA.

The Legal Framework is a statewide leadership project partnering with the Texas Education Agency and the Region 18 Education Service Center. The project which includes contacts from each educational service center is a compilation of state and federal requirements for special education organized by topic in a user-friendly format.