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Parents' Bill of Rights

On August 15, 2023, the North Carolina legislature passed the Parents' Bill of Rights. To better serve our families, we have created this dedicated webpage that includes information, forms and resources that will help parents/guardians access information, request information, opt in for- and receive notification about specific things as it relates to their child(ren) who attend our schools.

  • Parents’ Rights for Their Child’s Education

    Under State law (S.L. 2023-106), parents are allowed to exercise the following rights with regard to their child’s education:

    1. 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.

    2. 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.

    3. The right to review statewide standardized assessment results as part of the State report card.

    4. 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.

    5. The right to inspect and purchase public school unit textbooks and other supplementary instructional materials, as provided in Part 3 of Article 8 of Chapter 115C.

    6. The right to access information relating to the board's policies for promotion or retention, including high school graduation requirements.

    7. 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.

    8. The right to access information relating to the State public education system, State standards, report card requirements, attendance requirements, and textbook requirements.

    9. The right to participate in parent-teacher organizations.

    10. The right to opt in to certain data collection for their child, as provided in Part 5 of Article 7B and Article 29 of Chapter 115C.

    11. The right for students to participate in protected student information surveys only with parental consent, as provided in G.S. 115C-76.65.

    12. The right to review all available records of materials their child has borrowed from a school library.


    *Craven County Schools is currently reviewing existing board policies to incorporate updates based on the Parents’ Bill of Rights.  If you are interested in learning more about the school system’s existing policies on parent involvement, please visit our policy manual.