(a) Prior to the enrollment of any pupils in any program authorized pursuant to subdivision (a), (b), (c), or (d) of Section 52163, parents or guardians of pupils of all potential participants shall be provided the opportunity for consultation about the placement of their child or ward in such a program. To achieve this purpose, the governing board of the school district in which the pupil resides shall notify by mail or in person the parent, parents, or guardian of the pupil of the fact that their child or ward will be enrolled in a program of bilingual education. The notice shall: (1) contain a simple, nontechnical description of the purposes, method, and content of the program in which their child or ward will be enrolled; (2) inform the parent, parents, or guardian that the parent, parents, or guardian have the right and are encouraged to visit such classes in which their child or ward will be enrolled and to come to the school for a conference to explain the nature and objectives of such education; (3) further inform the parent parents, or guardian that they have the right, if they so wish, not to have their child or ward enrolled in such an education program; (4) inform the parent, parents, or guardian that they have the opportunity to participate in the school or school district advisory committee, or both. The written notice shall be in English and in the primary language of the pupil.
(b) Any parent or guardian whose child or ward has been or will be enrolled in programs authorized pursuant to subdivision (a), (b), (c), or (d) of Section 52163 shall have the right, either at the time of the original notification of enrollment or at the close of any semester thereafter, to withdraw his or her child or ward from the program, by written notice to the principal of the school in which his or her child or ward is enrolled.
(Amended by Stats. 1980, Ch. 1339, Sec. 28.)