Procedures for Parents to Notify School of Concerns Relating to Parental Rights in Education

Parents or guardians have a right to raise concerns regarding a school’s compliance with HB 1557 - Parental Rights in Education. The following is a summary of the concerns that may be raised under the Parental Rights in Education (F.S. 1001.42 (8)(c) but the entire bill can be found at: https://www.flsenate.gov/Session/Bill/2022/1557/BillText/er/PDF 

  • The required notice regarding a change in the student's services or monitoring related to the student's mental, emotional, or physical health or well-being and the school's ability to provide a safe and supportive learning environment for the student. 
  • The requirement for School District personnel to encourage a student to discuss issues related to their well-being with their parent(s). 
  • The prohibition against School District personnel prohibiting or discouraging parental notification of and involvement in critical decisions affecting a student's mental, emotional, or physical health or well-being. 
  • The prohibition of classroom instruction by school personnel or third parties on sexual orientation or gender identity in kindergarten through third grade, or in other grades in a manner that is not age-appropriate or developmentally appropriate, in accordance with State standards. 
  • The requirement that student support services training adhere to student services guidelines, standards, and frameworks established by the Florida Department of Education. 
  • The requirement that, at the beginning of each school year, the District notify parents of each healthcare service offered at their child's school and of the option to withhold consent or decline any specific service. 
  • The requirement that the District provide a copy of a well-being questionnaire or health screening form to the parent and obtain the permission of the parent before administering the questionnaire or health screening form to a student in kindergarten through grade 3. 

 

The procedures to raise concerns related to HB 1557 - Parental Rights in Education does not include the review of instructional materials.  Parents/Guardians or residents with objections to existing instructional materials should access this webpage for additional information about the process to file a review of instructional materials. 

 

Steps for Raising and Responding to a Parent Concern

Step 1

In order to raise a concern about any of the issues listed above, the parent or guardian must first summarize the nature of the concern in writing specifically describing the factual issues using the following Parent Concern Link.

A school administrator will respond and attempt to resolve the concern within seven (7) days of receipt of the notification.  

Step 2

If a parent or guardian believes the concern is not resolved by the Principal, they may then notify the School District in writing, again describing the nature of the concern and the reason the Principal’s proposed resolution failed to address the concern.  This notification should be made using the following. Parent Concern Link. Within 30 days after receipt of the notification, the District will either resolve the concern or provide a statement of the reasons for not resolving the concern.  

Step 3

If a parental complaint involving certain types of disputes is not resolved at the local level by a school principal within seven days, or subsequently, a school district within 30 days, a parent may submit a form to the Florida Department of Education requesting the appointment of a Special Magistrate. If the request is granted, a Special Magistrate would hold a hearing and provide a recommended decision to the State Board of Education on the dispute between a parent and the school district. The State Board of Education would either approve or reject the recommended decision within 30 days.  Additional information can be found at: https://www.fldoe.org/schools/k-12-public-schools/special-magis.stml