If you are just starting this homeschool journey, you are going to need your students cumulative files, or school records.
As a parent you have the right to request these files. Here is the law below:
Demands parent’s right to review educational records.
Each participating agency shall permit parents to inspect and review any education records relating to their children that are collected, maintained, or used by the agency under this part.
The agency shall comply with a request without unnecessary delay and before any meeting regarding an IEP, or any hearing pursuant to §§300.507 and 300.521-300.528, and in no case more than 45 days after the request has been made.
An agency may presume that the parent has authority to inspect and review records relating to his or her child unless the agency has been advised that the parent does not have the authority under applicable State law governing such matters as guardianship, separation, and divorce.
California Education Code Section 56504
The parent shall have the right and opportunity to examine all school records of his or her child and to receive copies pursuant to this section and to Section 49065 within five business days after the request is made by the parent, either orally or in writing.
The public agency shall comply with a request for school records without unnecessary delay before any meeting regarding an individualized education program or any hearing pursuant to Section 300.121, 300.301, 300.304, or 300.507 of Title 34 of the Code of Federal Regulations or resolution session pursuant to Section 300.510 of Title 34 of the Code of Federal Regulations.
And in no case more than five business days after the request is made orally or in writing.
Reasonable requests for explanations and interpretations of the records…
The parent shall have the right to a response from the public agency to reasonable requests for explanations and interpretations of the records.
If a school record includes information on more than one pupil, the parents of those pupils have the right to inspect and review only the information relating to their child or to be informed of that specific information.
A public agency shall provide a parent, on request of the parent, a list of the types and locations of school records collected, maintained, or used by the agency.
A public agency may charge no more than the actual cost of reproducing the records, but if this cost effectively prevents the parent from exercising the right to receive the copy or copies, the copy or copies shall be reproduced at no cost.
You can read more about these codes and more on the “California Legislative Information Website.”
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Your Street Address
Your City, State, Zip Code
Your Telephone number
Your E-mail Address
Students school Administration Name or Administrators Name
City, State, Zip Code
Re: Request for [students name] education records
Dear Mr./Ms. Administrations Name,
I am writing to request copies of my child’s educational file pursuant to 34 C.F.R. § 300.562 and Cal. Educ. Code §56504.
Please provide these records to me in hard copy or in electronical file format as soon as possible, but no later than 5 business days from the date of this letter.
These records should include, but not be limited to, all of the following: assessment reports, assessment protocols, assessment plans, progress reports, report cards, Individualized Education Program (“IEP”) documentation and notes, medical records, e-mails, and any other records that personally identify my child.
Thank you for your prompt response.
Parents Name or your relationship to the child.
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