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What are my rights as they pertain to my child's school?

Parents have rights at their child's school, and some of the most common ones are noted below. These rights are outlined by the California Department of Education.

  • Family-School Partnership Act. This law applies to employers who employ 25 or more employees. The Family-School Partnership Act allows you to be absent from work for up to 40 hours each year (not to exceed eight hours in one month) to participate in your child's school.

  • Elementary and Secondary Act (EASA). Title XI of this law allows schools to spend up to 5% of EASA funds to provide health, academic, and social services to students and parents.

  • Family involvement. You have the right to participate in your child's education.

  • Classroom observation. You have the right to observe your child's classroom when you arrange it with the school in advance.

  • Teacher conferencing. You have the right to request a meeting with your child's teacher or the school principal.

  • Volunteering. You have the right to volunteer time and resources in support of your child's school.

  • Student attendance. You have the right to be notified of your child's unexcused absences. You also have the right to excuse your child from school or school events for personal, religious, and cultural reasons.

  • Student testing. You have the right to know how your child and his/her school performed on standardized and statewide tests. You also have the right not to allow your child to participate in these tests.

  • School selection. You have a right to request that your child attend any school in the district; however, the district also has the right to refuse this request.

  • Safe school environment. You have the right to a safe learning environment for your child.

  • Curriculum materials. You have the right to analyze classroom curriculum materials.

  • Student academic progress. You have the right to be notified of the academic performance of your child.

  • Student records. You have the right to access your child's records during regular school hours. You also have the right to challenge the contents of your child's records by submitting a written request to the school district. The school district must respond to your request within a timely manner.

  • Standards. You have the right to have access to the academic standards by which your child's performance is measured.

  • School rules. You have a right to receive a written copy of the school's rules. These rules include the dress code, attendance policy, and discipline code.

  • Psychological testing. You have the right to receive information about psychological tests that have been recommended for your child.

  • Councils and committees. You have the right to participate in school councils and committees and to attend meetings regarding school activities and events.

  • Policy development. You have the right to partner with your child's school to increase the academic performance of your child. Your local school district must develop a policy outlining the collaborative partnership between the student, his/her family, and the school.

  • School contracts. You have the right to a written contract of the partnership between you and your child's school. This written agreement outlines what you and the school will do to academically prepare your child.

You should also be aware of the following policy outlined by the California Department of Education:

  • Parent Involvement: State Board of Education Policy #89-01. This policy recommends that schools and school districts establish partnerships that support and enhance the roles of families in education. For detailed information, visit the California Department of Education website:




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