Hall schools developing Parents Bill of Rights

The Hall County School District is developing a Parents Bill of Rights which officials promise will be different than the one recently enacted by the state.

“It will be specific to our community – an agreement between parents and the district, based on feedback from parents,” spokesman Stan Lewis said Wednesday. “Obviously it cannot replace state law but will be more specific and work within those parameters defined by the legislation.” 

The state’s Parents’ Bill of Rights was adopted by the state Board of Education last December.

“It sat with the (Hall school) board for well over 30 days,” Lewis said.

Here are some of the highlights:

  1. The Superintendent or his or her designee shall ensure that each school within the school district has in place and makes available procedures for a parent to:  

    a. Review records relating to his or her minor child;

    b. Learn about his or her minor child’s courses of study, including, but not limited to, parental access to instructional materials intended for use in the classroom;

    c. Object to instructional materials intended for use in his or her minor child’s classroom or recommended by his or her minor child’s teacher;

    d. Withdraw his or her minor child from the school’s prescribed course of study in sex education if the parent provides a written objection to his or her child’s participation, and;

    e. Provide written notice that photographs or video or voice recordings of his or her minor child are not permitted, subject to applicable public safety and security exceptions.
  2. The procedures required by this policy will be posted on the school district’s website and made available for review on site upon request of a parent.

Here is a link to the entire document: https://simbli.eboardsolutions.com/Policy/ViewPolicy.aspx?S=4082&revid=o22pugZX7dEgk19xslshxVJtw==&ptid=amIgTZiB9plushNjl6WXhfiOQ==&secid=p6v70fD4K8ukRv6vtplusTtSg==&PG=6&IRP=0&isPndg=false