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Policy Makers


School administrators should enact policies to comport with the requirements of the Guidelines and relevant statute.  Parents should obtain and share information about their children. Parents should take the initiative to obtain information about their child from the various providers of services. Each parent is responsible to establish a relationship with the child’s school, health care provider and other service provider. A child may suffer inconvenience, embarrassment, and physical or emotional harm when parents fail to actively obtain and share information.

Under Indiana law, both parents are entitled to direct access to their child's school records, Indiana Code § 20-33-7-2. Each parent should obtain school information on their own without depending on the other parent. A parent shall not interfere with the right of the other parent to communicate directly with school personnel concerning a child. The noncustodial parent shall be listed as an emergency contact unless there are special circumstances concerning child endangerment.

Each parent shall promptly notify the other parent of all information about school activities, which is not accessible to the other parent. A parent shall not interfere with the right of the other parent to communicate directly with school personnel concerning a child's school activities. The parent exercising parenting time shall be responsible to transport the child to school related activities.

Parents and school administrators may find this School Records Guide informative as to the application of the Guidelines and law.

Law enforcement agencies are often brought into the fray of parental disputes.  Although the primary responsibility of an officer when called to assist is to keep the peace and ensure the safety of the children agencies should have policies and materials in place to assist.  Police agency policy makers will find helpful analysis here and effective responses to the questions and scenarios that officers may encounter in the field.


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