Parents’ Rights for Their Child’s Education
North Carolina General Statute § 115C-76.25 outlines these rights, with many already addressed in existing RSS Board Policy. The recently approved legislation consolidates all this information in one convenient location, promoting transparency and making it easily accessible for families. Any RSS Board Policy updates concerning these rights will be added to this webpage.
Under State law (S.L. 2023-106), parents are allowed to exercise the following rights with regards to their child’s education:
1. The right to consent or withhold consent for participation in reproductive health and safety education programs, consistent with the requirements of G.S. 115C-81.30.
2. The right to seek a medical or religious exemption from immunization requirements, consistent with the requirements of G.S. 130A-156 and G.S. 130A-157.
3. The right to review statewide standardized assessment results as part of the State report card.
4. The right to request an evaluation of their child for an academically or intellectually gifted program, or for identification as a child with a disability, as provided in Article 9 of this Chapter.
Policy Code: 3520 Special Education Programs/Rights of Students With Disabilities | Parents Rights and Responsibilities in Special Education: Notice of Procedural Safeguards (English Version) | (Spanish Version)
5. The right to inspect and purchase public school unit textbooks and other supplementary instructional materials, as provided in Part 3 of Article 8 of Chapter 115C.
6. The right to access information relating to the board's policies for promotion or retention, including high school graduation requirements.
7. The right to receive student report cards on a regular basis that clearly depict and grade the student's academic performance in each class or course, the student's conduct, and the student's
attendance. Policy Code: 4400 Attendance
8. The right to access information relating to the State public education system, State standards, report card requirements, attendance requirements, and textbook requirements.
9. The right to participate in parent-teacher organizations.
10. The right to opt in to certain data collection for their child, as provided in Part 5 of Article 7B and Article 29 of Chapter 115C.
11. The right for students to participate in protected student information surveys only with parental consent, as provided in G.S. 115C-76.65.
12. The right to review all available records of materials their child has borrowed from a school library.