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Parents 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.
Parent's Right to Know Contact:
Candace Hoffman, Ed.D.
Director of Federal Programs
Chesterfield County School District