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Parent's Bill of Rights

The School Board of Orange County Florida is committed to honoring the rights of parents and promoting parental involvement in the District. The Board recognizes the fundamental rights of parents to direct the upbringing, education, and care of their minor children. To this end, the Board establishes Board Policy KB.

All Orange County Public Schools parents and guardians have the right to:

Opt-out of comprehensive health education

Orange County Public Schools parents and guardians can click this OCPS Parent Portal link to access and view the instructional materials used in OCPS reproductive health and disease curriculum.

Parents are able to exempt their children from the teaching of reproductive health or any disease, including HIV/AIDS (per FL State Statute 1003.42). Parents and/or guardian who wish to exempt their children from participating in reproductive health and disease instruction, including instruction relating to HIV/AIDS, can make a written request to their children's school principal. Visit your children's school's website for principal contact information.

Additional information can be accessed here.

Receive information about school choice options

Orange County Public Schools parents and guardians receive annual notification of open enrollment for School Choice options through Connect Orange. School Choice information can also be accessed here or by visiting the OCPS Current Families page under Navigating the School Year- Making Choices.

Exempt his or her child from immunizations

All student immunizations must be up-to-date to attend school in Orange County. The immunizations are recorded on a Florida Certification of Immunization (DH 680) form, which can be obtained through the Orange County Health Department or your doctor’s office. OCPS parents and/or guardians can find additional information on immunizations here.

Private health care providers may grant a Temporary Medical Exemption (TME), documented on the Form DH 680, Florida Certification of Immunization, for those who are in the process of completing any necessary immunizations. The TME requires an expiration date after which the exemption is no longer valid, and the immunizations must be completed before or at that time.

A Permanent Medical Exemption, documented on the Form DH 680, can be granted if a child cannot be fully immunized due to medical reasons. In this case, the child's physician must state in writing, the reasons for exemption based on valid clinical reasoning or evidence.

Form DH 681, Religious Exemption From Immunization, is issued if immunizations are in conflict with the religious tenets and practices of the child's parent or guardian. This exemption is issued by a County Health Department (CHD) and based on established religious beliefs or practices only.

Please contact the Orange County Health Department for more information on immunization exemption at 407-723-5004.

Review statewide standardized assessment results

Orange County Public Schools parents and guardians can click this OCPS Parent Portal link to access and view assessment results in the Skyward Family Access app.

Florida statewide assessment results can also be viewed on the state’s Family Portal. Click here to access.

Qualify for special education programs

Gifted Education

Orange County Public Schools parents, guardians, and school staff may refer students for screening for the gifted program in Kindergarten-12th grade at any time during the school year.

All students will be screened for gifted in second grade using the Universal Gifted Screening Process. Exceptions to this include students who have already been staffed into the gifted program; have already been evaluated and found ineligible for gifted services; or have had a cognitive evaluation as
part of consideration for another program.

Referred students are screened at the school by completing a standardized paper and pencil group intelligence test. Those students who score at a high level on the group test are scheduled for a more lengthy and in-depth evaluation by a school psychologist.

A school psychologist administers an individualized test of intelligence to determine a student’s intellectual ability. In Florida, a student must score two standard deviations above the mean or higher in order to meet the intellectual criterion for the gifted program.

In conjunction with the psychologist’s testing, a checklist of gifted student behavioral characteristics is completed by one or more teachers familiar with the student. All information is then reviewed by an eligibility staffing committee at the school to determine if the student has a need for the gifted program and meets eligibility criteria.

Parents may also choose to contract with a private psychologist for their child's evaluation. The private psychologist must be licensed. When a private psychologist is used, the child’s school psychologist will review copies of the evaluation. The staffing committee will then determine eligibility according to the same criteria mentioned above.

All other Exceptional Student Education Programs

Orange County Public Schools parents, guardians, and school staff may request that a students be evaluated in Kindergarten-12th grade at any time during the school year.

A list of eligibility criteria and required student evaluations for all 14 available ese programs can be found in the 2020-2023 Orange County Public Schools Exceptional Student Education Policies and Procedures (SP&P) starting on page 60.

The SP&P can be found by clicking here or by visiting the Orange County Public School’s ESE Policy and Procedures Special Programs and Procedures page.

Inspect Instructional Materials

Orange County Public Schools parents and guardians can click here to find a list of currently adopted instructional materials(i.e. textbooks).

The OCPS Public Portal provides OCPS parents and guardians with a complete list of digital applications adopted by the district.

The Public Portal can be accessed here: https://portal.classlink.com/ocps

To learn about the process to request a physical or digital material be reconsidered please visit: https://www.ocps.net/departments/curriculum__and_digital_learning/instructional_materials

Access information relating to the school district’s policies for promotion or retention, including high school graduation requirements

Orange County Public Schools parents and guardians can click here to view the current OCPS Student Progression Plan.

Access a school report card

Orange County Public Schools parents and guardians can click this OCPS Parent Portal link to access and view student grades, progress reports and report cards in the Skyward Family Access app. For directions, please visit the OCPS Current Families page under Monitoring Growth.

Be informed of attendance requirements

Orange County Public Schools parents and guardians can find information on attendance requirements on each school’s website and on the OCPS Current Families page under Navigating the School Day- Attendance.

Access information relating to the state public education system and state standards

OCPS curriculum follows the state adopted Florida Standards. Orange County Public Schools parents and guardians can access information relating to the state public education system, state standards, report card requirements, attendance requirements, and instructional materials requirements.

Improve parent and teacher cooperation

Orange County Public Schools parents and guardians can click this OCPS Parent Portal link to access and view attendance and discipline in the Skyward Family Access app and assignment information in Canvas Parent.

In addition, some elementary schools also utilize a student planner which can assist parents and guardians in locating homework assignments.

Orange County Public Schools parents and guardians can communicate and cooperate with their child’s teacher through the OCPS Parent Portal using the Canvas Parent Inbox to send a message, by emailing the teacher directly or over the phone. Please allow 24 hours for a response to a phone call and 48 hours to a response to written communication.

Participate in parent-teacher associations and organizations

Every Orange County Public School has a School Advisory Council and Multilingual Parent Leadership Council and most have a Parent-Teacher Organization or Association. More information on each group can be found below.
  1. Orange County Council of PTAs
  2. School Advisory Councils
  3. Parent Engagement District Advisory Council
  4. Multilingual Parent Leadership Council
Orange County Public Schools parents and guardians can check their school’s website for more information on local offerings.

Learn about clubs and activities

Orange County Public Schools parents and guardians can click here for a full list of extracurricular activities at each school or visit the Current Families page under Navigating the School Day- After School Opportunities.

Opt-out of district-level data collection not required by law

Orange County Public schools parents and guardians have the opportunity to complete the Parent Technology Media Information Consent form in the OCPS Parent Portal annually. Click here for additional information and directions.

Access and review all school records relating to his/her minor child

OCPS parents and guardians can access many school records on the OCPS Parent Portal in the Skyward Family Access app including current year attendance, schedules, grades, discipline, standardized test scores, report cards and online forms. However, if you are interested in obtaining your official transcript or student records you can do so by faxing or mailing a request to your school. If the school you attended is no longer open you may request your educational records from the nearest high school. Please click here for more information on student records and to access the Student Records Authorization Form.

Request for Information

Any Orange County Public School’s parent or guardian may request, in writing, information regarding the topics from this page, by emailing [email protected].

Within 10 days, the district superintendent will provide such information to the parent or guardian.

If the district superintendent denies a parent or guardian’s request for information or does not respond to the parent or guardian’s request within 10 days, the parent may appeal the denial to the district school board. School Board Services can be reached at 407.317.3236.

The district school board will then place a parent or guardian’s appeal on the agenda for its next public meeting. If it is too late for parent or guardian’s appeal to appear on the next agenda, the appeal will be included on the agenda for the subsequent meeting.