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The Los Angeles County Board of Education (LACOE) recognizes the right of parents/guardians to be involved in the education of their children and desires to balance that right with LACOE's need to ensure the safety of students while at school.

(cf. 5020 - Parent Rights and Responsibilities)

(cf. 6020 - Parent Involvement)

The parent/guardian who enrolls a child in a LACOE school shall be presumed to be the child's custodial parent/guardian and shall be held responsible for the child's welfare. For students housed in court schools, parental access to students is governed by court order and rules of the County Probation Department.

School officials shall presume that both parents/guardians have equal rights regarding their child, including, but not limited to, picking the student up after school or otherwise removing the student from school, accessing student records, participating in school activities, or visiting the school. When a court order restricts access to the child or to his/her student information, a parent/guardian shall provide a copy of the certified court order to the principal or designee upon enrollment or upon a change in circumstances. The principal or designee shall abide by the court order.

(cf. 3516 - Emergencies and Disaster Preparedness Plan)

(cf. 5111.1 - District Residency)

(cf. 5125 - Student Records)

(cf. 5141 - Health Care and Emergencies)

(cf. 5142 - Safety)

(cf. 6159 - Individualized Education Program)

Legal Reference:


48204 Residency requirements

49061 Definitions

49069 Absolute right to access

49091.10-49091.19 Parental review of curriculum and instruction

49408 Emergency information

56028 Definition, parent for special education

51100-51102 Parent/guardian rights


3002 Joint legal custody, definition

3006 Sole legal custody, definition

3025 Parental access to records

6550-6552 Caregivers


810-996.6 Government Claims Act

6205-6211 Confidentiality of residence for victims of domestic violence

Management Resources:



California Association of Supervisors of Child Welfare and Attendance:

California Department of Education:


adopted: June 21, 2011 Downey, California