3126 Child Custody

  • The board of directors presumes that the person who enrolls a student in school is the residential parent of the student.  The residential parent is responsible for decisions regarding the day-to-day care and control of the student. Parents or legal guardians have rights to receive information contained in the school records concerning their child and to forbid or permit the disclosure of such information to others, subject to the authority granted to the residential parent.

    The board, unless informed otherwise, assumes that there are no restrictions regarding the nonresidential parent's right to be kept informed of the student's school progress and activities. If restrictions are made relative to the above rights, the residential parent will be requested to submit a certified copy of the court order that curtails these right(s). If these rights are questioned by the nonresidential parent, the issue will be referred to law enforcement authorities for resolution.

    Unless there are court-imposed restrictions, the nonresidential parent, upon request, will be given grade reports, notices of school activities, reports of disciplinary actions, or notices of teacher or principal conferences or summaries.

    If there is a court order on file with the district that restricts and/or prohibits any parent or other person from contact with a student at school or picking up a student from school, then the district will not permit the student to visit with or be released to that parent or other person.

    Cross References: 
    Board Policy 2420         Grading and Progress Reports
    Board Policy 3124         Removal of Students During School Hours
    Board Policy 3231         Student Records
    Board Policy 4200         Safe and Orderly Learning Environment
    Board Policy 4310         Relations with Law Enforcement, Child Protective Agencies and County Health Department                                                           

    Legal References:    
    CFR 45, Part 99         Family education rights and privacy act
    RCW 13.34.200         Order terminating parent and child relationship
    RCW 26.09.184         Permanent Parenting Plan

    Management Resources:
    Policy News, Oct. 2008         Removal of a Student during the School Day
    Policy News, Dec. 2008         Child Custody   

    ADOPTED: 10/22/1998
    REVISED: 12/17/98; 12/18/08; 02/28/13


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