Parent Rights

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Right to Attend Any Public Meeting of the School Corporation

Parents are invited to attend any School Board meeting, usually scheduled on the second Monday of the month at 7:00 p.m.  The time and place of the meeting is publicly announced.  Any changes in time or place of the meeting will be announced, too.  Citizens have the right to address the Board and make comments at the appropriate time on the agenda.

Right to Review Child's Record

Parents may make a written request to their child's teacher, guidance counselor, or principal for this information.

Right to Call a Conference

Parents are encouraged to call the school to set a time to see a teacher, principal, or counselor if a parent has a concern.

Right to Approve a Child's Participation in a Field Trip

Parents have the right to be notified and asked for their written consent for their child to participate in educational field trips which may be scheduled away from the school campus.

Right to Request Exemption from Health Classes or Requirements

Parents may request in writing that their child not participate in sex education classes.  A waiver of State Health Department immunization requirements, health history, and physicians reports may also be obtained by a parent who objects on the basis of religion.

Right to Request Free Lunch or Reduced-Priced School Lunches

Parents who qualify under federal guidelines have the right to request free or reduced price school lunches or breakfast (in schools where available).  Forms and federal guidelines which determine an applicant's eligibility are available in each school.

Right to Request Payment of Instructional Materials Free

Parents whose children are eligible for free school lunches are also eligible for use of free textbooks and other instructional materials.

Right to Appeal an Expulsion

Parents will be notified by mail and/or telephone of a student's pending expulsion.  The parent will have the right of a hearing with due process procedures.

Right to Withhold Directory Information

Parents of eligible students not desiring directory information to be disclosed should inform the building principal in writing.  Directory information is student's name, parent's name, address, telephone listing, date and place of birth, major field of study, participation in officially recognized activities or sports, weight and height of members of athletic teams, dates of attendance, degrees and awards received, and the most recent school attended.  This applies to any information that is released to the news media and to public interest groups.