BASN’s BACK TO SCHOOL SPECIAL: Parents’ Rights and Responsibilites

Updated: September 22, 2014

As a parent of children in public schools, you have rights.

For example, you have a right to information about:

  • teachers and principal -their background and experience
  • school policies, rules, regulations, about-health and medical regulations

Which exams and shots are needed?

What happens if your child is sick at school?

How many days may a student be absent or late without a penalty?

What should you do if your child is sick and cannot go to school? Will the school let you know if your child is absent?

  • school policy on discipline  and suspension
  • steps to take if you disagree with the school
  • schedule for the school year-dates of parent/teacher conferences, holidays, parent meetings, and so on.
  • courses you child needs to take, information about how your child’s work is graded, information about how the school decides if a student will pass to the next grade, problems your child may have with schoolwork or behavior.
  • what your child is being taught and how students are grouped for teachingchild-with-teacher

You have a right to:

  • review you child’s school records
  • question the school if you feel the information about your child is wrong or if it invades privacy
  • visit the school and your child’s classroom. You must set up the visit with the school off and teacher first.
  • have teacher conferences several times a year, in private, with a translator if needed.
  • be asked before your child is changed to another grade, is held back in a grade, or is put in a special classroom.
  • get help for a child who is not doing well
  • organize and be part of parent groups
  • attend and speak at school board meetings

You also have responsibilities to:

  • send you child to school rested, clean, and fed
  • make sure your child attends school regularly
  • know about your child’s work and problems
  • answer messages from the school

Eric D.Graham, a graduate of Winston-Salem State University, where he received a B.A. in Mass Communication with a concentration in Radio and Television and a minor in History, with an emphasis in African-American Studies,  is currently the Managing Editor  of  Black Athlete Sports Network, where his articles  appear daily along with his controversial  cartoon character Bobbee Bee “The Hater.” Graham can be reached at 

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