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Parents' Rights

ANNUAL PARENTS' RIGHTS AND RESPONSIBILITIES NOTICE

Each year the school district is required to send certain information to all parents who have children in the public schools. Some of this information requires a response from each parent, some requires a response only if the parent so desires, and some requires no response at all. To assist you in understanding your role as parents, the following descriptions and notices are provided.

GENERAL INFORMATION

  1. Student Rights. Information regarding student rights may be obtained from the principal of each school or from the Educational Services Department at the District Office.
  2. Emergency Card. We are required to have this information on file for each student. Incomplete or wrong data on this card could endanger the safety of your child if an emergency occurs. Please read, provide information, sign (after reading the Annual Parents' Rights and Responsibilities Notice, Civil Defense Notice, and the District Discipline Code and Behavior Guidelines), and return to school. PLEASE CONTACT THE SCHOOL IF ADDRESS AND/OR TELEPHONE NUMBERS ARE CHANGED.
  3. Needy Lunch Notice. Every parent must be informed of the government's free and reduced price lunch program. If you are eligible, complete the application and return it to your child's school. READ AND RESPOND IF ELIGIBLE.
  4. Student Insurance Notice. Parents are financially responsible for students at all times. The district does not pay for the costs of accidental injuries to students, nor does the district pay for student accident insurance. Student accident insurance must be provided by your own policy and/or the student insurance offered as enclosed. If you desire this coverage, follow the instructions of the notice. READ AND RESPOND, IF DESIRED.
  5. "Directory Information" (name, address, telephone number, date and place of birth, area of study, school activities, weight and height [athletes], dates of attendance, honors and awards, and the previous schools attended) is available to authorized persons when it is deemed in the best interest of the student. Also, the military may request student names and addresses. A parent may request otherwise by contacting the principal. (E.C. 49073)
  6. The district's Civil Defense and Disaster Policy and Procedure are available at the local school or the Education Center.
  7. Questions regarding the Education Code sections cited in this notice may be directed to the school office or the Educational Services Department at the District Office.
  8. On occasion, the news media requests an interview with a student or group of students and, many times, desires to take pictures. A parent may request otherwise by contacting the principal.
  9. Saturday School attendance is at the election of the student or, in the case of a minor, the parent or guardian. (Ed Code 37223)

IMPORTANT NOTICES

Under the provisions of Education Code 44808, the district is not responsible nor in any way liable for the conduct or safety of any student at any time when such student is not on school property, unless the district has undertaken to provide transportation for such student to and from the school premises, has undertaken a school-sponsored activity off the premises of the school, has otherwise specifically assumed such responsibility, or has failed to exercise reasonable care under the circumstances.

In the event of such a specific undertaking, the district, board, or person authorized by the district shall be liable or responsible for the conduct or safety of any student only while such student is or should be under the immediate and direct supervision of an employee of such district or board.

Parents shall be informed of any field trips or other activities that require their student's absence from the school premises during the regular school day and shall be informed if their student is allowed to leave school premises during lunch period.

PARENT RIGHTS AND OBLIGATIONS

Parents have the right to request student be exempted from:

Classes in which human reproductive organs and their functions and processes are described, illustrated, or discussed. (E.C. 51550)

Program description and procedure for Exemption:

Appropriate instruction on human reproduction is recommended at various levels as part of the district's health education sequence. Specific written permission is obtained prior to the beginning of such instruction from each parent whose child will be offered information about human reproduction. Exemption may be requested by not granting permission.

Parents have the right to request student be exempted from:

Instruction in health, family life education, and sex education when such instruction conflicts with family religious training and beliefs. (E.C. 51240)

Program description and procedure for Exemption:

lnstruction, appropriate to each grade level (K-12). in communicable diseases (including HIV/AIDS and sexually transmitted diseases), family life, and substance abuse will occur as part of each student's instructional program. Course outlines are available for preview. Exemption from this instruction may be requested at the school office.

Parents have the right to request student be exempted from:

Any physical examination of a student (the school retains the right to determine when a student's health is detrimental to other students). (E.C. 49451)

Program description and procedure for Exemption:

Physical examinations are required prior to initial enrollment and again when the student wishes to participate in inter-scholastic sports. Physical exams are recommended prior to 7th and 9th grades and prior to participation in any program which may involve activities of a strenuous nature. Inquire at the school office about exemption from these examinations.

Parents have the right to request student be exempted from:

Screening examination of a student which includes vision, hearing, and scoliosis. (E.C. 49452, 49452.5, 49455)

Program description and procedure for Exemption:

Vision screening is required upon first enrollment and at least every third year thereafter until completion of the 8th grade (K,2,5,8). Hearing screening is required in either kindergarten or 1st grade and in 2nd, 5th, 8th, and 10th or 11th grades. Scoliosis screening is required for 7th grade girls and 8th grade boys. Exemption from the above screenings may be requested at the school.

Parents or guardians must request in writing or consent by signature:

For inclusion in group medical or hospital insurance programs offered to students by the district. (E.C. 49472)

Program description and procedure for Inclusion:

All students are offered the chance to purchase group accident insurance at the beginning of the school year or upon initial enrollment. The form must be signed by parent or guardian for student to be included.

Parents or guardians must request in writing or consent by signature:

To the administration of an immunization agent for the prevention and control of communicable diseases in school-age children. (E.C. 49403)

Program description and procedure for Inclusion:

All emergency immunization programs will be announced in advance by the County Health Department and will require specific parent signature.

Parents or guardians must request in writing or consent by signature:

For assistance by the school nurse or other designated school personnel in the administration of medication during the school day as prescribed by a physician. (E.C. 49423)

Program description and procedure for Inclusion:

A form entitled "Medication During School Hours" must be completed before any student will be allowed to bring medication to school. Forms are available from your school office.

Parent or legal guardians most notify the school:

Of any student on a continuing medication regimen for a non-episodic condition, to include the medication being taken, the current dosage. and the name of the supervising physician. (E.C. 49480)

Procedure for meeting this obligation:

Forms for providing this information are available at your school office.

Parents or legal guardians are notified that:

Any handicapped student for whom a special education placement is unavailable or inappropriate may receive services in a private non-sectarian school. Specific district and county requirements must be met in order to quality for such services. (E.C. 56031)

Procedures for inquiring about such services:

Inquiries about special education services and procedures should be directed to the Special Program Office.

Parents or legal guardians are notified that:

Beginning with course selection for the seventh grade and each time thereafter that a new course or schedule is selected, students are advised regarding course selection and the possible effect of course selection on future career choices. Parents are encouraged to be involved in this process and no significant decisions are made without a parent signature. (E.C. 40)

Procedures for inquiring about such services:

Parent participation in the course selection and career guidance process may be arranged by contacting your school.

Parents or legal guardians are notified that:

Rules of the district pertaining to student discipline are available at each school. (E.C. 35291)

Procedures for inquiring about such services:

Discipline rules are normally distributed as part of each school's handbook. If you do not receive them, please contact your school office.

Parents or legal guardians are notified that:

No test, questionnaire, survey, or examination containing any questions. about the student's personal beliefs or practices in sex, family life, morality, and religion, or any questions about his parents' or guardians' beliefs and practices in sex, family life, morality, and religion, shall be administered to any student in kindergarten or grade 1 through grade 12, inclusive, unless the parent or guardian of the student is notified in writing that such test, questionnaire, survey, or examination is to be administered and the parent or guardian of the student gives written permission for the student to take such test, questionnaire, survey, or examination. (E.C. 60650)

Procedures for inquiring about such services:

Inquiries should be directed to school sites.

Parents or legal guardians are notified that:

Each teacher shall endeavor to impress upon the minds of the students the principles of morality, truth, justice, patriotism, and a true comprehension of the rights, duties, and dignity of American citizenship, including kindness toward domestic pets and the humane treatment of living creatures, to teach them to avoid idleness, profanity, and falsehood, and to instruct them in manners and morals and the principles of a free government. (E.C. 44806)

Procedures for inquiring about such services:

Inquiries should be directed to school sites.

Parents or legal guardians are notified that:

Course outlines, teacher guides, and resource reference materials are available for review at the various sites.

Procedures for inquiring about such services:

Inquiries should be directed to school sites.

Parents or legal guardians are notified that:

School authorities may excuse a student from school to obtain confidential medical services without the consent of the student's parent/guardian. (E.C. 46010.1)

Procedures for inquiring about such services:

Inquiries should be directed to school sites.

Parents or legal guardians are notified that:

A student, with the written consent of a parent or guardian, may be excused from school in order to participate in religious exercises of four or fewer days per month, provided the student meets the minimum day regulation as established by the State Board of Education. (E.C. 46014)

Procedures for inquiring about such services:

Written requests must be submitted to the principal or designee.

Parents or legal guardians are notified that:

Parents may select the school the child shall attend, irrespective of the particular location of the parent's residence within the district, subject to the following priorities:

A: Students who reside within the attendance area of a school (resident) of the district.

B: Students who are diverted to other than resident schools.

C: Students for whom changes in school assignment are requested through the intradistrict transfer process.

D: Students who are considered to be residents of the district by virtue of the place of employment of the parent.

E: Students from other districts who enroll in SRVUSD by the interdistrict transfer process.

Procedures for inquiring about such services:

Inquiries should be directed to the Educational Services Department at the District Office.

Parents or legal guardians are notified that:

A student shall be excused from school for justifiable personal reasons, including, but not limited to, an appearance in court, observation of holiday or ceremony of his/her religion, attendance at religious retreats, or an employment conference, when the student's absence has been requested in writing by the parent or guardian and approved by the principal or designated representative. (E.C. 48205)

Procedures for inquiring about such services:

Written requests must be submitted to the principal or designee.

Parents or legal guardians are notified that:

Students with temporary disabilities, who cannot attend regular day classes, may receive individual instruction provided by the district. Parents or guardians of students within this category shall be given notice regarding the availability of such individualized instruction (E.C. 48206.3)

Procedures for inquiring about such services:

Inquiries should be directed to the Office of Special Programs or the principal of each school.

Parents or legal guardians are notified that:

A student with a temporary disability, who is in a hospital or other health facility, excluding a state hospital, which is outside of the school district in which the parent or guardian resides, shall have complied with the residency requirements for school attendance in the school district in which the hospital is located. It is the primary responsibility of the parent or guardian of the student with the temporary disability to notify the school district of the student's presence in a qualifying hospital. (E.C 48207, 48208)

Procedures for inquiring about such services:

Inquiries should be directed to school sites.

Parents or legal guardians are notified that:

Parents of currently enrolled or former students have an absolute right to access any and all student records related to their children which are maintained by the school district or private school. (E.C. 49069)

Procedures for inquiring about such services:

Inquiries should be directed to school registrars.

Parents or legal guardians are notified that:

Any student with a moral objection to dissecting or otherwise harming or destroying animals, or any parts thereof, shall notify his or her teacher regarding this objection. A student's objection to participation in an educational project pursuant to this section shall be substantiated by a note from his or her parent or guardian (E.C. 32255-32255.6)

Procedures for inquiring about this policy:

Inquiries should be directed to school sites.

Parents or legal guardians are notified that:

Whenever a student is suspended from a class because he/she committed an obscene act, engaged in habitual profanity or vulgarity, disrupted school activities or otherwise willfully defied valid staff authority, the teacher of the class from which the student was suspended may require the student's parent/guardian to attend a portion of a school day in that class. After completing the classroom visit and before leaving school premises, the parent/guardian also shall meet with the principal or designee. (E.C. 48900.1)

Procedures for inquiring about this policy:

Inquiries should be directed to school sites.

Parents or legal guardians are notified that:

Parents of an expelled student are required to notify the receiving district that the student has been expelled. (E.C. 48915.1)

Procedures for inquiring about this policy:

In such an instance, the parent should communicate directly with the principal.

Parents or legal guardians are notified that:

If a student is suspended or expelled for any of the first five offenses listed under "Grounds for Suspension and Expulsion" in the Discipline Code and Behavior Guidelines, the principal or designee must notify law enforcement personnel.

Procedures for inquiring about this policy:

Inquiries should be directed to school sites.

rev 3/95

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