Parent's Right To Know

Parent’s Right to Know  

By law, LEAs are required to notify parents that they may request information regarding the teacher's or paraprofessional's professional qualifications, including the following: 

  • Whether the teacher/paraprofessional has met the South Carolina certification requirements for the grade level and subject area(s) in which the teacher provides instruction; 
  • Whether the teacher is teaching under an emergency or other provisional status through which South Carolina qualifications or certification criteria have been waived; 
  • The college major and any graduate certification or degree held by the teacher; 
  • Whether the student is provided services by paraprofessionals, and if so, their qualifications. 


LEAs must: 

  • Notify parents in a format that is understandable and will ensure that all parents have the opportunity to receive the information.  To the extent practicable, the notification should be provided in a language that parents may understand.  This may include, but is not limited to a LEA or school handbook, a letter mailed home, inclusion in a newsletter, posting on a website, and/or a school-wide email. 
  • Ensure the notification or document that contains the notification must include the principal's contact information, the school or LEA name, the date/month and year of notification. 
  • Maintain records that document the dissemination of the right to know in multiple forms to the parents of all students.