Parents' Bill of Rights
On August 16, 2023, the North Carolina legislature passed Senate Bill 49, generally known as the Parents' Bill of Rights.
It is important to note that WS/FCS will remain committed to our vision of being the best place to learn and work through excellence, collaboration and inclusiveness.
WS/FCS will add resources and more information to this site as they become available.
Parents have legal rights with regards to their child's education, including the following:
- The right to consent or withhold consent for participation in reproductive health and safety education programs, consistent with the requirements of G.S. 115C-81.30.
- The right to seek a medical or religious exemption from immunization requirements, consistent with the requirements of G.S. 130A-156 and G.S. 130A-157.
- The right to review statewide standardized assessment results as part of the State report card.
- The right to request an evaluation of their child for an academically or intellectually gifted program, or for identification as a child with a disability, as provided in Article 9 of this Chapter.
- The right to inspect and purchase public school unit textbooks and other supplementary instructional materials, as provided in Part 3 of Article 8 of this Chapter.
- The right to access information relating to the unit's policies for promotion or retention, including high school graduation requirements.
- The right to receive student report cards on a regular basis that clearly depict and grade the student's academic performance in each class or course, the student's conduct, and the student's attendance.
- The right to access information relating to the State public education system, State standards, report card requirements, attendance requirements, and textbook requirements.
- The right to participate in parent-teacher organizations.
- The right to opt in to certain data collection for their child, as provided in Part 5 of this Article and Article 29 of this Chapter.
- The right for students to participate in protected student information surveys only with parental consent, as provided in Part 5 of this Article.
- The right to review all available records of materials their child has borrowed from a school library.