California Education Code section 48980 requires school districts to annually notify parents of their rights and responsibilities with respect to a number of topics, such as prohibited discrimination, sexual harassment policies, uniform complaint procedures, and disciplinary rules. Additionally, Education Code section 48982 requires that parents or guardians sign and submit to the district an acknowledgement of receipt of the notice.
For the 2014-2015 school year, the Legislature has made changes to existing annual notifications and has added new notification requirements. The changes to existing requirements include providing information about religious exercises and instruction absences, immunizations, and uniform complaint procedures. Among the additional notice requirements, there are new topics such as release of directory information of homeless students and concussion and head injury notices for schools electing to offer athletic programs. Districts should ensure that they are meeting all of the current notification requirements.
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