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 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:

Policy 2420                        Grading and progress reports

Policy 3124                        Removal/Release of Students During School Hours

Policy 3231                        Student Records

Policy 4200                        Safe and Orderly Learning Environment

Policy 310                          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, October 2008          Child Custody

Policy News, December 2008       Child Custody


Adoption Date: 12.12

Methow Valley School District

Classification: Priority

WSSDA 12.12


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