• Lincoln County Schools Parents' Bill of Rights

    Lincoln County Schools respects the rights of parents' and strives to partner with parents' about their child's education. If you have any questions about school policies and procedures, please contact your child's school.


    The Lincoln County Schools Board of Education values parental involvement and respects the rights of parents in the education of their children. North Carolina General Statute § 115C-76.25 provides a list of parental rights. Board Policies that specifically address parental rights are identified below.

    a. The right to consent or withhold consent for participation in reproductive health and safety education programs, consistent with the requirements of N.C.G.S. § 115C-81.30. Board Policy 3540.

    b. The right to seek a medical or religious exemption from immunization requirements, consistent with the requirements of N.C.G.S. §§ G.S. 130A-156 and 130A-157. Board Policy 4110.

    c. The right to review statewide standardized assessment results as part of the State report card. Board Policies 1310/4002.

    d. 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 Chapter 115C of the North Carolina General Statutes. Board Policies 1310/4002 and 3520.

    e. The right to inspect and purchase public school unit textbooks and other supplementary instructional materials, as provided in Part 3 of Article 8 of 21 Chapter 115C of the North Carolina General Statutes. Board Policy 3210.

    f. The right to access information relating to the Board's policies for promotion or retention, including high school graduation requirements. Board Policies 1310/4002.

    g. 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.

    h. The right to access information relating to the State public education system, State standards, report card requirements, attendance requirements, and textbook requirements. Board Policies 1310/4002.

    i. The right to participate in parent-teacher organizations. Board Policy 5010.

    j. Opt-in to participate in protected student information surveys and opt-out of data collection in other surveys. Board Policy 4720.

    k. Review available records of materials their child borrowed from a school library.




    Timeline for Parent Request for Information

    1. Parents request in writing from the school principal the information he/she wishes to access.

    2. A. Principal provides information within 10 business days (excludes weekends and holidays)

        B. If the principal needs an extension due to the volume or complexity of the request, the information will be provided no later than 20 business days from the date of the parent request.

    3. If the principal denies the request or fails to respond in 10 or 20 days, the parent may request the information from the superintendent along with a statement specifying the time frame of the principal’s denial or failure to respond.

    4. If the superintendent denies the request or does not respond within 10 business days, the parent may appeal the denial or lack of response to the Lincoln County Schools Board of Education no later than 20 days from the date of the request to the superintendent. The school board chair and secretary include the parent’s appeal on the agenda for their next meeting occurring more than three business days after the submission of the appeal.

    5. The school board shall establish procedures governing the request for information and appeals. The decision of the school board is final and is not subject to judicial review.