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Parent Rights And Responsibilities   

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The Board of Trustees recognizes that parents/guardians of district students have certain rights as well as responsibilities related to the education of their children.

The Board believes that the education of the district's students is a shared responsibility. The Superintendent or his/her designee shall work with parents/guardians, including parents/guardians of English learners, to determine appropriate roles and responsibilities of parents/guardians, school staff and students for continuing the intellectual, physical, emotional and social development and well-being of students at each school site, including the means by which the schools and parents/guardians can help students achieve academic and other standards of the school.

Within this framework, the school's primary responsibility shall be to provide a high-quality curriculum and instructional program in a supportive and effective learning environment that enables all students to meet the academic expectations of the school.

Parents/guardians shall have the opportunity to work with schools in a mutually supportive and respectful partnership and to help their children succeed in school. (Education Code 51100)

(cf. 5022 - Student and Family Privacy Rights)

(cf. 6020 - Parent Involvement)

The Superintendent or his/her 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.

(cf. 4131 - Staff Development)

(cf. 4231 - Staff Development)

(cf. 4331 - Staff Development)

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

(cf. 5145.6 - Parental Notifications)

The Superintendent or his/her designee shall take all reasonable steps to ensure that all parents/guardians who speak a language other than English are properly notified in English, and in their home language of the rights and opportunities available to them pursuant to Education Code 48985. (Education Code 51101.1)

Emancipated Minors

The Board recognizes that school districts are required to enroll emancipated minors who have established legal residence within the district's attendance area.


1. Emancipation: "An Act by which a person who has been under the power of another is rendered free." This includes freedom from parental/guardian control over persons under the age of 18.

2. Emancipated Minor: Pursuant to Family Code 7002, an emancipated minor is any person under the age of 18 who meets any of the following conditions:

a. Has entered into a valid marriage, whether or not the marriage has been dissolved.

b. Is on active duty with the Armed Forces of the United States.

c. Has received a declaration of emancipation filed with the county pursuant to Family Code 7120 and 7122.

Legal Reference:


33126 School accountability report card

35291 Disciplinary rules

48070.5 Promotion and retention of students

48985 Notice to parent in language other than English

49091.10-49091.19 Parental review of curriculum and instruction

49602 Confidentiality of pupil information

51100-51102 Parent/guardian rights

51513 Personal beliefs

60510 Disposal of surplus instructional materials


1232g Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act

1232h Protection of pupil rights

Management Resources:





adopted: November 17, 2008 Chula Vista, California