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El Dorado Union HSD |  AR  5125.3  Students

Challenging Student Records   

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At the beginning of each school year or, for a student enrolled after the beginning of the school year, at the time of enrollment, parents/guardians shall be notified of the availability of the following procedures for challenging the contents of student records. Any student who is 18 years of age or attends a postsecondary institution shall have the sole right to challenge the contents of his/her records in accordance with the following procedures. (Education Code 49061, 49063)

(cf. 5125 - Student Records)

(cf. 5145.6 - Parental Notifications)

PROCEDURES FOR CHALLENGING RECORDS

The custodial parent/guardian of any student may submit to the Superintendent or designee a written request to correct or remove from his/her child(s records any information concerning the child which he/she alleges to be any of the following: (Education Code 49070; 34 CFR 99.20)

1. Inaccurate

2. An unsubstantiated personal conclusion or inference

3. A conclusion or inference outside of the observer(s area of competence

4. Not based on the personal observation of a named person with the time and place of the observation noted

5. Misleading

6. In violation of the privacy or other rights of the student

RESOLUTION OF CHALLENGE/APPEALS

After considering all relevant information, the Superintendent or designee shall sustain or deny the parent/guardian's allegations. (Education Code 49070)

If the parent/guardian(s allegations are sustained, the principal shall order the correction or removal and destruction of the information. (Education Code 49070)

If the principal denies the allegations, the parent/guardian may appeal to the Superintendent(s designee at the District Office within 5 school days. Within 10 school days, the Superintendent(s designee shall make a decision regarding the appeal. If the Superintendent(s designee sustains the parent/guardian allegations, the corrections to the record shall be made.

No new information beyond what was used by the school principal to make the initial decision shall be portended or used during the appeal process. If new information is to be used, the case shall go back to the principal for reconsideration and decision.

If the Superintendent or designee denies the allegations, the parent/guardian may, within 30 days, appeal the decision in writing to the Governing Board. Within 30 school days of receiving the written appeal, the Board shall meet in closed session with the parent/guardian and the district employee who recorded the information, if he/she is presently employed by the district. The Board shall then decide whether to sustain or deny the allegations. The decision of the Board shall be final. (Education Code 49070)

(cf. 9321 - Closed Session Purposes and Agendas)

(cf. 9321.1 - Closed Session Actions and Reports)

If the Board sustains any or all of the allegations, the Superintendent or designee shall immediately order the correction or removal and destruction of the pertinent information from the student's records and shall inform the parent/guardian in writing that the information has been corrected or destroyed. (Education Code 49070)

If the parent/guardian does not file an appeal, or if the appeal is denied by the Board, the parent/guardian shall be informed of his/her right to submit a written objection to the information. Any statement submitted by the parent/guardian shall be maintained with the contested part of the record for as long as the record is maintained and shall be disclosed whenever the related part of the record is disclosed. (Education Code 49070; 34 CFR 99.21)

Legal Reference:

EDUCATION CODE

49061 Definitions

49063 Notification of parents of their rights

49066 Grades; change of grade; physical education grade

49070 Challenging content of records

49071 Hearing panel

UNITED STATES CODE, TITLE 20

1232g Family Educational and Privacy Rights Act1681-1688 Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972

CODE OF FEDERAL REGULATIONS, TITLE 34

99.1-99.67 Family Educational Rights and Privacy, especially:

99.20-99.22 Procedures for amending educational records

Regulation EL DORADO UNION HIGH SCHOOL DISTRICT

approved: November 14, 2017 Placerville, California