JECAD - Custodial/Non-Custodial Parent-District Relations

Adopted: 9/13/17

The domestic relations laws of the State of Oregon recognize three custodial situations for parents of children: joint custody, sole custody, and non-custodial status. 

            For purposes of directing the day to day activities and interactions of children of divorced or separated parents enrolled in a Roseburg Public School, these are policies of the District:

  1. Unless otherwise ordered by a court of competent jurisdiction, parents with joint custody of their school age children shall have co-equal authority to consult with school staff regarding their child’s education and direct their child’s day to day activities at school, to receive and inspect their child’s education records, to have contact during the school day with their child and to remove their child from the school.
  1. Unless otherwise ordered by a court of competent jurisdiction, a parent with  custody of his or her school age children shall have authority to consult with school staff regarding his or her child’s education and direct his or her child’s daily activities at school, including who and when any person, including the non-custodial parent, may have contact with the child during the school day or remove the child from school.
  1. Unless otherwise ordered by a court of competent jurisdiction, a non-custodial parent shall have the right to receive and inspect school records or consult with school staff concerning their school age child’s welfare and education and attend any school related event to which the general public is admitted.  A non-custodial parent’s authority to issue instructions to school staff shall be limited to authorizing emergency medical, dental, psychological, psychiatric or other health care for the student if the custodial parent is, for practical reasons, unavailable. 

It is the responsibility of the parents with joint custody or the parent with sole custody to provide the District with current and complete copies of court orders regarding the rights of the parents with respect to their school age children.

The District shall not grant a non-custodial parent visitation or telephone access to their child during the school day, unless the custodial parent provides the District written instructions regarding the particular visitation or access privileges to be accorded the non-custodial parent. 

In the event of dispute or disagreement regarding the meaning or scope of court ordered custody or parenting rights as they relate to school age children, the District will defer to the custodial parents’ instructions unless or until contrary instructions are issued in the form of a court order. 

In the case of joint custody, the District will adhere to all school-related conditions specified and ordered by the court.  The District may request in writing any special instructions or clarifications in areas concerning day to day interactions with their children at school by parents with joint custody. 

Legal Reference(s)

ORS 107.154
ORS 109.056
ORS 163.245-163.257

Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974, 20 U.S.C. § 1232g (2011); Family Educational Rights and Privacy, 34 C.F.R. Part 99 (2011).
Protection of Pupil Rights, 20 U.S.C. § 1232h (2006); Student Rights in Research, Experimental Programs and Testing, 34 C.F.R. Part 98 (2006).