GCE – Parent Rights to Academic Accommodations


Parent Rights to Academic Accommodations

Meaning of “reasonably accommodate”—

As used in this policy, “reasonably accommodate” means that a school shall

make its best effort to enable a parent to exercise a right identified in this policy (1)

without substantial impact to staff and resources, including employee working

conditions, safety and supervision on school premises and for school activities, and

the efficient allocation of expenditures; and (2) while balancing (a) parental rights, (b)

the educational needs of other students, (c) academic and behavioral impacts to a

classroom, (d) teacher workload, and (e) the need to assure safe and efficient

school operation. In determining whether a parental request will be accommodated

in a particular instance, each of the above-listed factors should be considered.

Utah Code § 53G-6-801(2) (2019)

Parent rights to academic accommodations—

The District recognizes that a student’s parent is the primary person

responsible for the education of the student, and the state is in a secondary and

supportive role to the parent. As such, a student’s parent has the right to reasonable

academic accommodations from the student’s school as specified in this policy. The

listing of rights in this policy is not meant to be exhaustive, and a student’s parent, as

a user of the public education system, may have other rights or be entitled to other

accommodations. Whether under this policy or otherwise, each requested

accommodation shall be considered on an individual basis and no student shall be

considered to a greater or lesser degree than any other student. An accommodation

may only be provided if the accommodation is consistent with federal law and, if the

student has an Individualized Education Program (“IEP”), is consistent with the IEP.

Utah Code § 53G-6-803(1) (2019)

Academic accommodations—

Each school in the District shall reasonably accommodate the request of a

student’s parent:

1. made in writing to retain a student in kindergarten through grade 8 on grade

level based on the student’s academic ability or social, emotional, or physical


2. regarding initial selection of a teacher or request for a change of teacher;

3. to visit and observe any class the student attends;

4. made in writing to place a student in a specialized class, a specialized

program, or an advanced course (the school shall consider multiple academic

data points when considering this requested accommodation); and

5. to meet with a teacher at a mutually agreeable time if the parent is unable to

attend a regularly scheduled parent teacher conference (see Policy EFA

regarding parent-teacher conferences).

Utah Code § 53G-6-803(2)-(4), (6), (8) (2019)

Parent rights regarding alternative credit and testing—

Students shall be allowed, consistent with requirements of the State Board of

Education, to earn course credit toward high school graduation without completing a

course in school by either testing out of the course or demonstrating competency in

course standards.

Utah Code § 53G-6-803(7) (2019)

Parent rights regarding assessments—

At the request of a parent, a student shall be excused from taking such

assessments as provided for in regulations issued by the Utah State Board of

Education and according to the procedures in those regulations. Schools may not

require procedures to be excused from assessments in addition to the procedures

established by State Board regulations. Schools may not provide a nonacademic

reward to a student for taking assessments that are included in the list of

assessments established by the State Board as assessments from which students

may be excused.

Utah Code § 53G-6-803(9) (2019)

Parent rights regarding student absences—

A school shall record an excused absence for a scheduled family event or a

scheduled proactive visit to a health care provider if (1) the parent submits a written

statement at least one school day before the scheduled absence and (2) the student

agrees to make up course work for school days missed for the scheduled absence in

accordance with District policy.

Utah Code § 53G-6-803(5) (2019)

Parent rights regarding student discipline—

As required by Policy FHA, parents will be provided a copy of that policy

(which is the student conduct and discipline policy) and shall acknowledge by

signature receiving the policy. When a student is suspended for any period of time or

is recommended for expulsion, the student’s parent shall be provided notice of the

violation or violations upon which disciplinary action is to be based and shall have an

opportunity to respond as set forth in Policy FHA.

Utah Code § 53G-6-803(10) (2019)

Notice of parent rights—

Each student’s parent shall be given annual notice of the parental rights and

school responsibilities under this policy. This notice may be given by posting it on the

District or school web site or through other means of electronic communication.

Utah Code § 53G-6-802 (2019)