Darlington County School District reminds of ‘A Parent’s Right To Know’ ESSA parental notification
In December 2015, President Barack Obama signed the “Every Student Succeeds Act” (ESSA) into law. Designed to ensure that all children have an opportunity to obtain a quality education, the law brought many changes to South Carolina’s schools.
Federal law allows parents to ask for certain information about their child’s classroom teachers and requires the schools to respond to this request in a timely manner. Parents of students in the Darlington County School District have the right to know the professional qualifications of the classroom teachers who instruct their child and of the teacher’s aides who assist that teacher.
To receive this information, parents should send a letter to their child’s principal requesting the ESSA teacher qualification information, complete a request form and send it to the principal, or fill out a request form at the child’s school. A copy of the request form can also be found on the Darlington County website at www.darlington.k12.sc.us. Once the request is received, the information will be mailed to the parents within 10 school days.
The Darlington County School District serves more than 10,000 students with 23 schools and an Adult Education program. Darlington County School District strives to prepare all students to be productive, career- and college-ready citizens by providing challenging educational experiences in a positive, safe environment supported by the community.