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SOJH Mission Statement
The mission of South Ogden Jr High is to provide students with the skills, knowledge, and strategies to excel now and in the future. 
We unite students, teachers, and parents to create a community based on integrity and accountability.
 
SOJH Vision Statement
Empowering Students to Excel

Our Administration Contacts

Mrs. Nicole Meibos, Principal
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Mr. Quinn Talbot, Assistant Principal
qutalbot@wsd.net

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1 PARENTAL RIGHTS IN PUBLIC EDUCATION

2 2014 GENERAL SESSION

3 STATE OF UTAH

4 Chief Sponsor: Aaron Osmond

5 House Sponsor: Rich Cunningham

6 Cosponsor: Mark B. Madsen

7

8 LONG TITLE

9 General Description:

10 This bill addresses certain rights of a parent or guardian of a student enrolled in a public

11 school.

12 Highlighted Provisions:

13 This bill:

14 < specifies certain rights of a parent or guardian of a student enrolled in a public

15 school; and

16 < requires a school district, charter school, or the Utah Schools for the Deaf and the

17 Blind to annually notify a student's parent or guardian of certain rights.

18 Money Appropriated in this Bill:

19 None

20 Other Special Clauses:

21 None

22 Utah Code Sections Affected:

23 ENACTS:

24 53A-15-1501, Utah Code Annotated 1953

25 53A-15-1502, Utah Code Annotated 1953

26 53A-15-1503, Utah Code Annotated 1953

27

28 Be it enacted by the Legislature of the state of Utah:

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29 Section 1. Section 53A-15-1501 is enacted to read:

30 Part 15. Parental Rights

31 53A-15-1501. Definitions.

32 As used in this part:

33 (1) "LEA" means a school district, charter school, or the Utah Schools for the Deaf and

34 the Blind.

35 (2) "Reasonably accommodate" means an LEA shall make its best effort to enable a

36 parent or guardian to exercise a parental right specified in Section 53A-15-1503:

37 (a) without substantial impact to staff and resources, including employee working

38 conditions, safety and supervision on school premises and for school activities, and the

39 efficient allocation of expenditures; and

40 (b) while balancing:

41 (i) the parental rights of parents or guardians;

42 (ii) the educational needs of other students;

43 (iii) the academic and behavioral impacts to a classroom;

44 (iv) a teacher's workload; and

45 (v) the assurance of the safe and efficient operation of a school.

46 Section 2. Section 53A-15-1502 is enacted to read:

47 53A-15-1502. Annual notice of parental rights.

48 An LEA shall annually notify a parent or guardian of a student enrolled in the LEA of

49 the parent's or guardian's rights as specified in this part.

50 Section 3. Section 53A-15-1503 is enacted to read:

51 53A-15-1503. Parental right to academic accommodations.

52 (1) (a) A student's parent or guardian is the primary person responsible for the

53 education of the student, and the state is in a secondary and supportive role to the parent or

54 guardian. As such, a student's parent or guardian has the right to reasonable academic

55 accommodations from the student's LEA as specified in this section.

56 (b) Each accommodation shall be considered on an individual basis and no student

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57 shall be considered to a greater or lesser degree than any other student.

58 (c) The parental rights specified in this section do not include all the rights or

59 accommodations that may be available to a student's parent or guardian as a user of the public

60 education system.

61 (2) An LEA shall reasonably accommodate a parent's or guardian's written request to

62 retain a student on grade level based on the student's academic ability or the student's social,

63 emotional, or physical maturity.

64 (3) An LEA shall reasonably accommodate a parent's or guardian's initial selection of a

65 teacher or request for a change of teacher.

66 (4) An LEA shall reasonably accommodate the request of a student's parent or guardian

67 to visit and observe any class the student attends.

68 (5) (a) An LEA shall reasonably accommodate a written request of a student's parent or

69 guardian to excuse the student from attendance for a family event or visit to a health care

70 provider, without obtaining a note from the provider.

71 (b) An excused absence provided under Subsection (5)(a) does not diminish

72 expectations for the student's academic performance.

73 (6) (a) An LEA shall reasonably accommodate a parent's or guardian's written request

74 to place a student in a specialized class or an advanced course.

75 (b) An LEA shall consider multiple academic data points when determining an

76 accommodation under Subsection (6)(a).

77 (7) Consistent with Section 53A-13-108, which requires the State Board of Education

78 to establish graduation requirements that use competency-based standards and assessments, an

79 LEA shall allow a student to earn course credit towards high school graduation without

80 completing a course in school by:

81 (a) testing out of the course; or

82 (b) demonstrating competency in course standards.

83 (8) An LEA shall reasonably accommodate a parent's or guardian's request to meet

84 with a teacher at a mutually agreeable time if the parent or guardian is unable to attend a

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85 regularly scheduled parent teacher conference.

86 (9) (a) Upon the written request of a student's parent or guardian, an LEA shall excuse

87 the student from taking a test that is administered statewide or the National Assessment of

88 Educational Progress.

89 (b) The State Board of Education shall ensure through board rule that neither an LEA

90 nor its employees are negatively impacted through school grading or employee evaluation due

91 to a student not taking a test pursuant to Subsection (9)(a).

92 (10) (a) An LEA shall provide for:

93 (i) the distribution of a copy of a school's discipline and conduct policy to each student

94 in accordance with Section 53A-11-903; and

95 (ii) a parent's or guardian's signature acknowledging receipt of the school's discipline

96 and conduct policy.

97 (b) An LEA shall notify a parent or guardian of a student's violation of a school's

98 discipline and conduct policy and allow a parent or guardian to respond to the notice in

99 accordance with Chapter 11, Part 9, School Discipline and Conduct Plans.

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