5020 – Student – Parent rights and Responsibilities – Student Achievement

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Adopted – 3/6/2003
Revised – 3-16-2006
Parent Rights

The rights of parents/guardians of District students include, but are not limited to, the following:

1. To observe, within a reasonable period of time after making the request, the classroom(s) in which their child is enrolled or for the purpose of selecting the school in which their child will be enrolled (Education Code 51101)

Parents/guardians may observe instructional and other school activities that involve their child in accordance with Board policy and administrative regu-lations adopted to ensure the safety of students and staff, prevent undue inter-ference with instruction or harassment of school staff, and provide reason-able accommodation to parents/guardians. Upon written request by parents/ guar-dians, the Superintendent or designee shall arrange for parental observation of a class or activity in a reasonable time frame and in accordance with Board policy and administrative regulations. (Education Code 49091.10)

2. To meet, within a reasonable time of their request, with their child’s teacher(s) and the principal of the school in which their child is enrolled (EC 51101)
3. Under the supervision of District employees, to volunteer their time and resources for the improvement of school facilities and school programs, in-cluding, but not limited to, providing assistance in the classroom with the approval, and under the direct supervision, of the teacher (EC 51101)
4. To be notified on a timely basis if their child is absent from school without permission (Education Code 51101)
5. To receive the results of their child’s performance and the school’s perfor-mance on standardized tests and statewide tests (Education Code 51101)
6. To request a particular school for their child and to receive a response from the District (Education Code 51101)
7. To have a school environment for their child that is safe and supportive of learning (Education Code 51101)
8. To examine the curriculum materials of the class(es) in which their child is enrolled (Education Code 51101)

Parents/guardians may inspect, in a reasonable time frame, all primary supple-mental instructional materials and assessments stored by the classroom teacher, including textbooks, teacher’s manuals, films, tapes and software. (EC 49091.10)

Each school site shall make available to parents/guardians and others, upon request, a copy of the prospectus for each course, including the titles, descrip-tions and instructional aims of the course. (Education Code 49091.14)

The school may charge an amount not to exceed the cost of duplication. (Education Code 49091.14)
9. To be informed of their child’s progress in school and of the appropriate school personnel whom they should contact if problems arise with their child (Education Code 51101)
10. To have access to the school records of their child (Education Code 51101)
11. To receive information concerning the academic performance standards, proficiencies or skills their child is expected to accomplish (EC 51101)
12. To be informed in advance about school rules, attendance policies, dress codes and procedures for visiting the school (Education Code 51101)
13. To receive information about any psychological testing the school does involving their child and to deny permission to give the test (EC 51101)
14. To refuse to submit or to participate in any assessment, analysis, evaluation or monitoring of the quality or character of the student’s home life; any form of parental screening or testing; any nonacademic home-based counseling pro-gram; parent training; or any prescribed family education service plan. (Education Code 49091.18)
15. To participate as a member of a parent advisory committee, school site council or site-based management leadership team in accordance with any rules and regulations governing membership in these organizations (EC 51101)
16. To question anything in their child’s record that the parent/guardian feels is inaccurate or misleading or is an invasion of privacy and to receive a response from the school (Education Code 51101)
17. To provide prior written consent before their student participates in a survey containing the mental or psychological problems of the student or his/her family, the sexual behavior or attitudes or personal beliefs and practices in family life.
18. To be provided written notice and given an opportunity to request that their child not participate in district administered anonymous and voluntary surveys regarding health risks and behaviors, relating to student’s attitudes or practices related to sex in grades 7-12.

The Superintendent or designee shall obtain informed written parental consent before testing any student for a behavioral, mental or emotional evaluation. A general consent, including medical consent used to approve admission to or involvement in, a special education or remedial program or regular school activity, shall not constitute written consent for these purposes. (EC 49091.12)

All students shall have the right to obtain confidential medical care or confidential counseling related to the diagnosis or treatment of a drug- or alcohol-related problem, or mental health treatment or counseling, without the consent of his/her parent/guardian. (Education Code 49091.12)

The Superintendent or designee shall ensure that District staff understand the rights of parents/guardians afforded by law and Board policy and follow acceptable practices that respect those rights.

In addition, the Superintendent or designee shall provide interested parents/ guardians with opportunities to participate in professional development pro-grams offered at the school in which their child is enrolled. (EC 44670.5)

The Superintendent or designee shall ensure that parents/guardians receive notification regarding their rights in accordance with law.

School officials or law enforcement officials have the authority to investigate or intervene in cases of suspected child abuse, (Education Code 49091.12)

See Policy #5020
CSBA Date – 2/99

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