Parents’ rights in public schools in Florida

On Behalf of | Mar 30, 2022 | General Education Law

If you are a parent in Florida, you should know your rights regarding your child’s education. The public school system in our state is great, but that doesn’t mean it’s perfect. Therefore, you should know how to proceed in case there’s any problem concerning your kid. Here are some of your parental rights.

Right to be informed

As a parent, you have the right to be informed about your child’s education. This includes being notified of any changes to the curriculum, school policies, or anything else that could impact your child’s schooling. The school should also keep you updated on your child’s progress and provide you with their contact information in case you have any questions or concerns.

Right to advocate

Education law gives you the right to speak up for your child if you feel like the school or a teacher is not treating them fairly or if you think they need extra help. So, if you are concerned about a particular issue, reach out to the school and let them know immediately.

Right to be involved

As a parent in Florida, you have a right to be involved in your child’s education, including serving on school committees, volunteering in the classroom, and attending school functions. This can help you ensure that your child gets the help they need to prosper.

Right to parental consent necessary for medical care for minors

Under Florida Statutes Section 1014.06, parental consent is required for medical care for minors, including but not limited to mental health services, treatment for alcohol or drug abuse, and surgical procedures. In the event that the school cannot reach a parent, the school may contact another adult relative or the child’s legal guardian.

If you feel like your rights as a parent are not being respected, reach out to the school and let them know about your concerns. If they cannot resolve the issue, you can contact the Florida Department of Education or file a complaint with the Office of Civil Rights.