Gooding Jt. School District No. 231
The Board of Trustees encourages parents/guardians to be involved in their student’s school activities and academic progress.
The Board is mandated to adhere to laws, rules, and regulations including the Constitution of the State of Idaho; the rules of the Idaho State Board of Education (Idaho Administrative Procedures Act); the rules and regulations of the Idaho State Department of Education; the laws, rules, and regulations of the federal government and the U.S. Department of Education; as well as educational provisions outlined in the Idaho Code. These mandates include the requirement stated at Article IX, Section1 of the Idaho Constitution that it is “. . . the duty of the Legislature of Idaho to maintain a general, uniform and thorough system of public, free common schools.”
Based upon the above provisions, as well as the State’s mandated requirements for advancement and graduation, the District has established its practices, policies, and procedures as well as the approved curriculum and assessment program. The failure to follow the District’s practices, policies, and procedures as well as the school’s curriculum and assessment program amounts to the District’s violation of State and/or federal laws, rules, and regulations, including but not
limited to the failure to provide a general, thorough, free, and uniform system of public education as well as putting the District’s operations and funding in jeopardy.
Parents, guardians, and students are expected to abide by the District’s practices, policies, and procedures governing the operation of the schools which are required by various State and/or federal laws, rules, and regulations. However, a student’s parent/guardian has the right to reasonable academic accommodation if the accommodation does not substantially impact District staff and resources, including employee working conditions, safety and supervision on school premises for school activities and the efficient allocation of expenditures. The District will strive to balance the rights of parents/guardians, the educational needs of other students, the academic and behavioral impacts to a classroom, a teacher’s workload and the assurance of the safe and efficient operations of the school.
If a parent has an objection to the District’s implementation of various mandates through the District’s practices, policies and procedures, or if a parent/guardian would like to request reasonable academic accommodation the appropriate avenue for the parent/guardian is to first seek to address such concerns through communication with the school’s administration. Should that avenue not resolve the situation, a parent/guardian is free to address such concerns with the Board of Trustees in conformance with Board policy regarding public participation at Board meetings.
A parent/guardian who has an objection to their child’s participation in the District’s adopted curriculum and/or the District’s implementation of practices, policies, and procedures in
accordance with educational mandates, on the basis that it harms the child or impairs the parents’ firmly held beliefs, values, or principles, may withdraw their child from the activity, class, or program. A parent/guardian who chooses to not have their child participate in the provided educational activity, with the exception of sex education curriculum, shall be responsible for identification and provision of non-disruptive alternative educational activities for their child during any time of objection, at no cost to the District. The final decision as to the placement of such alternative educational activity shall be at the discretion of the District, with input of the parent, consistent with the requirements for advancement and graduation and consistent with the reasonable accommodation requirements outlined above.
Access to Learning Materials
Parents/guardians are entitled to review all learning materials, instructional materials, and other teaching aids used in the classroom of their student. Parents/guardian can request access to learning materials by contact the school’s administration during school hours.
The District shall annually provide parents/guardians with notice of their rights as specified in this policy.
Cross Reference: 2340F Parental Opt-Out Form for Sex Education 2420 Parental Involvement
4105F Request to Address the Board
Legal Reference: Idaho Constitution Article IX
I.C. § 32-1010 Intent of the Legislature – Parental Rights
I.C. § 32-1012 Parental Right to Direct the Education of Children
I.C. § 32-1213 Interference with Fundamental Parental Rights Restricted
I.C. § 33-6001 Parental Rights
I.C. § 33-6002 Annual Notice of Parental Rights
I.D.A.P.A. 08, Titles .01, .02, .03 and .04
Policy History: Adopted on: 9/13/16 Revised on: Reviewed on: 2/9/21