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Parents Rights

Parents have a variety of rights in connection with their children's education, as part of the partnership between school and home.

These parental rights cover such areas as a parent's right to know about the qualifications of their child's teacher and to give approval for what information about their child can be released to the public.

Here's a summary of three parental rights:

Student Privacy

Federal and Ohio laws prohibit Cincinnati Public Schools (CPS) from publicly releasing information about our students, except for designated “Directory Information.”

Per Board Policy No. 8330, CPS defines Directory Information as the following:

  • Student’s name
  • School
  • Grade level
  • Parent or guardian’s name
  • Home address
  • Telephone number
  • Email address
  • Participation in officially recognized activities and sports
  • Awards received

Under Ohio public records law, CPS is required upon request to provide the above Directory Information to any member of the public who requests it. CPS’ primary purpose for releasing Directory Information is to highlight students’ accomplishments.

To tell CPS to keep your child’s Directory Information private: Parents, legal guardians, or students aged 18 and older may refuse to allow CPS to release Directory Information by returning the Request to Restrict Privacy Information form to the school by the end of September. (Form available at the schools.)

Professional Qualifications

Federal law allows parents to ask for information about the professional qualifications of their child's classroom teachers. For general information about a teacher, ask the teacher or talk to the school's principals.

For detailed information, a formal request must be made in writing to a child's school.

Services for Students with Disabilities

All children with disabilities living within the school district are eligible for educational services through CPS' Department of Student Services.

For information, contact the department: (513) 363-0280.

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