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Administration & Human Resources Division
Family Code

Administration & Pupil Services

Parents, Students and The Family Code
Parents are partners with educators, administrators, and school district boards of trustees in their children’s education.  Parents shall be encouraged to actively participate in creating and implementing educational programs for their children.  “Parent” includes a person standing in parental relation.  It does not include a person whose parent-child relationship has been terminated under a court order or a person not entitled to possession of or access to a child.


General Rights and Duties of Parents 

Married Parents 
Equal right to direct education
Equal right to access to, and possession of, child
Equal right to consent to special education services

Separated Parents 
Equal right to direct education, absent court order to the contrary
Equal right to access to and possession of child, absent a court order
Equal right to consent to special education services, absent a court order
Divorced Parents 

Managing Conservator 
Has physical possession of child, except during visitation by possessory conservator
Has duty to provide for education of child
Possessory Conservator 
Has possession of child at designated times only (visitation)
Parental powers and duties are in force only when in possession of child
Joint Managing Conservators 
Court decree defines who has a right of possession and duty to provide education.  Read the court order to determine everything except residence of child for school purposes.
Minimal disruption of schooling, daily routine, and association with friends must be included in court order because it is in the best interest of the child.


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