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Access To District Records   

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The Board of Trustees recognizes the right of citizens to have access to public records of the district. The Board intends the district to provide any person reasonable access to the public records of the schools and district during normal business hours and within the requirements of law. Public access shall not be given to records listed as exempt from public disclosure in the California Public Records Act and other state or federal law.

(cf. 3553 - Free and Reduced Price Meals)

(cf. 3580 - District Records)

(cf. 4112.5/4212.5/4312.5 - Criminal Record Check)

(cf. 4112.6/4212.6/4312.6 - Personnel Files)

(cf. 4119.23/4219.23/4319.23 - Unauthorized Release of Confidential/Privileged Information)

(cf. 5020 - Parent Rights and Responsibilities)

(cf. 5125 - Student Records)

(cf. 5125.1 - Release of Directory Information)

(cf. 6162.5 - Student Assessment)

(cf. 9011 - Disclosure of Confidential/Privileged Information)

(cf. 9321 - Closed Session Purposes and Agendas)

In response to a public records request, the Superintendent or designee shall make reasonable efforts to locate the requested records, including, but not limited to, any electronic communication substantively related to the records, such as email, text messages, instant messages, and other electronic communications, regardless of whether they are transmitted through a district-provided device or account or through an employee's or Board member's personal device or account.

(cf. 4040 - Employee Use of Technology)

(cf. 9012 - Board Member Electronic Communications)

The district may charge for copies of public records or other materials requested by individuals or groups. The charge shall be based on actual costs of duplication, as determined by the Superintendent or designee and as specified in administrative regulation.

In order to help maintain the security of district records, members of the public granted access shall examine records in the presence of a district staff member.

Legal Reference:


234.7 Student protections relating to immigration and citizenship status

35145 Public meetings

35170 Authority to secure copyrights

35250 Duty to keep certain records and reports

41020 Requirement for annual audit

42103 Publication of proposed budget; hearing

44031 Personnel file contents and inspections

44839 Medical certificates; periodic medical examination

49060-49079 Student records

49091.10 Parental review of curriculum and instruction


3547 Proposals relating to representation

6250-6270 California Public Records Act

6275-6276.48 Other exemptions from disclosure

8310.3 California Religious Freedom Act

53262 Employment contracts

54957.2 Minute book record of closed sessions

54957.5 Agendas and other writings distributed for discussion or consideration

81008 Political Reform Act, public records; inspection and reproduction


Article 1, Section 3 Right of access to governmental information


430-438 Individual student records


City of San Jose v. Superior Court (2017) 2 Cal.5th 608

Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors v. Superior Court (2016) 2 Cal.5th 282

International Federation of Professional and Technical Engineers v. The Superior Court of Alameda County, (2007) 42 Cal.4th 319

Los Angeles Times v. Alameda Corridor Transportation Authority, (2001) 88 Cal.App.4th 1381

Kleitman v. Superior Court, (1999) 74 Cal.App. 4th 324

Fairley v. Superior Court, (1998) 66 Cal.App. 4th 1414

North County Parents Organization for Children with Special Needs v. Department of Education, (1994) 23 Cal.App. 4th 144


71 Ops.Cal.Atty.Gen. 235 (1988)

64 Ops.Cal.Atty.Gen. 186 (1981)


adopted: June 10, 2019 Santa Barbara, California