Board of Education Approves Policies Related to Parents Bill of Rights
November 14, 2023 – The Guilford County Board of Education voted to approve the following policies after sending them out for public comment.
The proposed revisions to policies relating to Parent Involvement, Parent Notification – Withholding Consent, and Comprehensive Health Education are to comply with the requirements of N.C. Session Law 2023-106 (S49), the “Parents’ Bill of Rights.”
Clarifying existing language that each school's improvement plan includes a parental involvement plan.
Clarifying existing language regarding parental communication related to behavior, attendance, instructional materials, school activities, and if a student is suspected to be the victim of a crime.
A new requirement for an annually updated parent guide for student achievement based on guidelines issued by the State Board of Education.
New provisions related to parental notifications regarding student physical and mental health.
A new section describing the method for parents to resolve concerns if they believe school or school system procedures or practices violate Part 4 of Article 7B of Chapter 115C in the General Statutes.
New timelines for responses to parent requests for information.
A link to community services available to parents.
Revisions to the Parent Notification Policy 1311/4003 include an updated list of activities requiring written parental permission, including participation in surveys containing certain types of protected information, administering medication and off-campus trips.
A new state requirement prohibiting instruction on gender identity, sexual activity or sexuality in the curriculum for grades Kindergarten through fourth.
A clarification that "curriculum" includes the standard course of study and instructional materials but does not include responses to student-initiated questions, communications unconnected to the curriculum or other statements protected by law.
Clarification that information conveyed during health instruction will be based on objective, scientific information accepted by professionals and experts in the field.