|Non-Custodial Parents' Rights|
As required by Massachusetts General Law Chapter 71, Section 34H, a non-custodial parent may have access to the student record in accordance with law and Department of Education Regulations. The school district will follow the law and the regulations developed by the Massachusetts Department of Education to standardize the process by which public schools provide student records to parents who do not have physical custody of their children ("non-custodial parents").
As required by M.G.L. c. 71, Sec.34H, a non-custodial parent may have access to the student record in accordance with the following provisions.
A. A non-custodial parent is eligible to obtain access to the student record unless:
B. The school shall place in the student’s record documents indicating that a non-custodial parent’s access to the student’s record is limited or restricted pursuant to 603 CMR 23.07(5)(a).
C. In order to obtain access, the non-custodial parent must submit a written request for the student record to the school principal.
D. Upon receipt of the request the school must immediately notify the custodial parent by certified and first class mail, in English and the primary language of the custodial parent, that it will provide the non-custodial parent with access after 21 days, unless the custodial parent provides the principal with documentation that the non-custodial parent is not eligible to obtain access as set forth in 603 CMR 23.07 (5)(a)
E. The school must delete the electronic and postal address and telephone number of the student and custodial parent from student records provided to non-custodial parents. In addition, such records must be marked to indicate that they shall not be used to enroll the student in another school.
F. Upon receipt of a court order which prohibits the distribution of information pursuant to G.L. c. 71, Sec. 34H, the school shall notify the non-custodial parent that it shall cease to provide access to the student record to the non-custodial parent.
SOURCE: MASC Updated: May, 2006
LEGAL REF: M.G.L. 71:34D; 71:34F; 71:34H
Massachusetts Association of School Committees – 2003
Approved: May 7, 2007
Reviewed: January, 2010