You can get additional information by calling the Office of Special Education Services at 803-734-8224, or the Office of General Counsel at 803-734-8783, or going to the Department of Education's Web site at: http://www.ed.sc.gov.
• We reviewed the procedures for mediation in special education in South Carolina and understand that it is a voluntary process and not a requirement.
• We agree to meet to work out our differences in a way acceptable to each of us and in the best interest of the student.
• We understand that the student’s current placement remains the same. We understand that by agreeing to mediation, neither the school district/agency nor the parent/guardian gives up the right to a due process hearing or to file a formal complaint.
• We understand that mediation is confidential and agree not to require the mediator to be a part of any future due process hearing or court proceeding. We understand that when a resolution is reached during mediation, the parties must execute a written legally binding agreement that is enforceable in any state or federal court. We understand that whatever is said or happens during mediation cannot be used in a future due process hearing or court proceeding.