To Assure Academic and Personal Success For Each Child

Parent Handbook

Child Custody

Absent any evidence to the contrary, the Board shall presume that the person who enrolls a student in school is the student’s custodial parent, legal guardian or legal custodian. Unless a Tennessee court specifies otherwise, the custodial parent shall be the individual whom the school district shall hold responsible for the education and welfare of that child.

Parents, legal guardians, and legal custodians shall have the right to receive information contained in school records concerning a minor child for whom they are legally responsible. Absent evidence to the contrary, the Board assumes there are no restrictions regarding a non-custodial parent’s right to be kept informed of the student’s progress and activities. If a court restricts the rights of a non-custodial parent, the custodial parent, legal guardian, or legal custodian shall submit a certified copy of the court order curtailing the non-custodial parent’s rights.

Unless there are specific court-imposed restrictions, the non-custodial parent, upon request, shall be given access to all of the student’s educational records including but not limited to the student’s cumulative file and the student’s special education file, if applicable.

No principal or teacher shall permit a change in the physical custody of a child at school unless:

  1. The person seeking custody of the child presents the school with a certified copy of a valid court order from a Tennessee court designating the person who has legal custody of the child; and
  2. The person seeking custody gives the school official reasonable advance notice of the person’s intent to take custody of the child at school.

So school officials may have information regarding a non-custodial parent, school officials may ask the custodial parent to provide the name, photograph and address of the non-custodial parent. If a custodial parent advises the school of possible abduction, the parent should provide the name, photograph and description of the possible abductor, if such information is available.

Board Policy STU 33 Legal References: 20 U.S.C.A. 1232g

T.C.A. §36-6-105; T.C.A.§49-6-902