Parent’s Right to Request a Teacher’s and a Paraprofessional’s Qualifications By law, LEAs are required to notify parents that they may request information regarding the teacher’s or the paraprofessional’s professional qualifications, including the following:
· Whether the teacher/paraprofessional has met the Georgia Professional Standards Commission certification requirements for the grade level and subject
area(s) in which the
teacher provides instruction;
· Whether the teacher is teaching under an emergency or other provisional status through which Georgia qualifications or certification criteria have been waived; · The college major and any graduate certification or degree held by the teacher; · Whether the student is provided services by paraprofessionals, and if so, their qualifications.
· Notify parents in multiple ways in order to ensure that all parents have the opportunity to receive the information. To the extent practicable, the notification should be provided in a language that parents may understand. This may include, but is not limited to a LEA or school handbook, a letter mailed home, inclusion in a newsletter, posting on a website, and/ or a school-wide email.
· Ensure the notification or document that contains the notification must include the principal’s contact information, the school or LEA name, the date/ month and year of notification.
· Maintain records that document the dissemination of the right to know in multiple forms to the parents of all students.