Annual Notification Summary of Parents or Guardians Rights
Education Code (EC) §§ 48980 et seq. requires school districts to notify parents or guardians of their rights and responsibilities at the beginning of the first semester of each academic year. As new Education Code sections are enacted, some contain requirements that their content be included with the annual letter to parents. As a service to the school districts, we have updated our summary of the sections our research indicates are required to be included in the 2012-13 annual notice. A list of the materials included follows.
Additionally, the Education Code § 48982 requires that parents or guardians sign and submit to the district an acknowledgement of receipt of the notice. Keep in mind that the signature is only an acknowledgment of the receipt of the notification and that they have been informed of their rights. The signature does not signify consent to any of the activities, or the withholding of consent.
The following are materials related to the Annual Notification to Parents and Guardians for the 2012-13 school year. The past legislative session resulted in one new substantive change to the Annual Notice process, relating to schools districts that offer career technical education courses.
NOTIFICATION OF PARENT OR GUARDIAN. Contains excerpts of relevant Education Code sections concerning the Annual Notice process.
SUMMARY OF NOTIFICATION CHANGES FOR 2012-13, lists the substantive changes to the Annual Notice requirements for 2012-13.
Part A: MANDATORY ANNUAL NOTIFICATION SUMMARY
Part B: SPECIFIC CIRCUMSTANCE NOTIFICATION SUMMARY
Part C: NON-MANDATORY BUT SUGGESTED NOTIFICATIONS SUMMARY
Attachment 3 is the comprehensive list of relevant notification provisions currently in effect.
COLLEGE ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS AND HIGHER EDUCATION INFORMATION
(mandated for districts serving grades 9 through 12 by Education Code Section 51229.)
Satisfies the additional annual notice requirements set forth in Education Code § 58501 for establishment of “alternative schools.”
Attachment 5 is a form notice with the heading “§ 58501. Notice required prior to establishment,” satisfying the additional annual notice requirements set forth in Education Code § 58501 for establishment of “alternative schools.”
A model Notification of Rights under FERPA (The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act) prepared by the U.S. Department of Education, which addresses notification rights under Federal law.
Under EC 48985, if 15 percent or more of the students enrolled in a school speak a single primary language other than English, all notices and reports sent to the parent or guardian of any such student must be written in English, and the primary language, and may be answered by the parent or guardian in either language.