Opting out might be an option

Some schools let parents waive English immersion, uniforms or other requirements for their children.

Parent Elizabeth Chavez wanted to make sure that her daughter didn’t lose her Spanish when she started school.

So Chavez took advantage of her right to request bilingual classes. Now in second grade, Lizette is starting to read and write in two languages at Jefferson 2 Elementary in Anaheim.

We should choose the best method for the children,” Chavez said.

Bilingual education is just one type of waiver available to parents — others range from school clothes to science experiments. Parents can ask for most waivers at their schools.

Testing: Parents can ask the school to pull children out of state testing, such as the Stanford 9 exam. But schools lose the chance to win awards if too many children opt out.

Home schooling: Those who want to teach their children at home must fill out an affidavit or sign up for home-school programs through the county or some school districts, including Irvine, Placentia- Yorba Linda and Capistrano. Parents can obtain affidavits at the Orange County Department of Education, (714) 966-4231.

Uniforms: Schools with mandatory-uniform policies must provide waivers for parents who want to clothe their children the way they wish. A few schools mandate uniforms, while others have voluntary policies.

Sex education: State law requires schools to inform parents about sex education, including required AIDS- prevention instruction, but parents can ask that their children not take part in such instruction. Parents can also request that children be exempt from lessons that conflict with religious beliefs.

Dissecting animals: Students with moral objections to dissecting animals can get out of science experiments, but they must complete other projects. Parents must back up their children with a note to the school.

School transfers: Parents can request transfers from the district to move to other schools within or outside their district, but schools must give preference to neighborhood children. Home districts must approve transfers out, then the receiving district must accept moves. Many Orange County schools, including most in Anaheim City, refuse incoming transfers because there is no room. Most districts accept out-of-district transfer students on a year-to-year basis, but can revoke the moves if a school is crowded.

Bilingual education: Parents can request bilingual-education classes instead of English immersion at each school. But schools are required to offer bilingual courses only if at least 20 students in a grade level want them. Otherwise, the child can transfer to another school with the class. About 7,500 students were taught in bilingual classes last year in Orange County, mostly in Santa Ana.

“Opting out might be an option” Some schools let parents waive English immersion, uniforms or other requirements for their children. Sarah Tully Tapia, Orange County Register, August 16, 2001, Thursday

Parent Elizabeth Chavez wanted to make sure that her daughter didn’t lose her Spanish when she started school.

So Chavez took advantage of her right to request bilingual classes. Now in second grade, Lizette is starting to read and write in two languages at Jefferson 2 Elementary in Anaheim.

We should choose the best method for the children,” Chavez said.

Bilingual education is just one type of waiver available to parents — others range from school clothes to science experiments. Parents can ask for most waivers at their schools.

Testing: Parents can ask the school to pull children out of state testing, such as the Stanford 9 exam. But schools lose the chance to win awards if too many children opt out.

Home schooling: Those who want to teach their children at home must fill out an affidavit or sign up for home-school programs through the county or some school districts, including Irvine, Placentia- Yorba Linda and Capistrano. Parents can obtain affidavits at the Orange County Department of Education, (714) 966-4231.

Uniforms: Schools with mandatory-uniform policies must provide waivers for parents who want to clothe their children the way they wish. A few schools mandate uniforms, while others have voluntary policies.

Sex education: State law requires schools to inform parents about sex education, including required AIDS- prevention instruction, but parents can ask that their children not take part in such instruction. Parents can also request that children be exempt from lessons that conflict with religious beliefs.

Dissecting animals: Students with moral objections to dissecting animals can get out of science experiments, but they must complete other projects. Parents must back up their children with a note to the school.

School transfers: Parents can request transfers from the district to move to other schools within or outside their district, but schools must give preference to neighborhood children. Home districts must approve transfers out, then the receiving district must accept moves. Many Orange County schools, including most in Anaheim City, refuse incoming transfers because there is no room. Most districts accept out-of-district transfer students on a year-to-year basis, but can revoke the moves if a school is crowded.

Bilingual education: Parents can request bilingual-education classes instead of English immersion at each school. But schools are required to offer bilingual courses only if at least 20 students in a grade level want them. Otherwise, the child can transfer to another school with the class. About 7,500 students were taught in bilingual classes last year in Orange County, mostly in Santa Ana.

“Opting out might be an option” Some schools let parents waive English immersion, uniforms or other requirements for their children. Sarah Tully Tapia, Orange County Register, August 16, 2001, Thursday

Parent Elizabeth Chavez wanted to make sure that her daughter didn’t lose her Spanish when she started school.

So Chavez took advantage of her right to request bilingual classes. Now in second grade, Lizette is starting to read and write in two languages at Jefferson 2 Elementary in Anaheim.

We should choose the best method for the children,” Chavez said.

Bilingual education is just one type of waiver available to parents — others range from school clothes to science experiments. Parents can ask for most waivers at their schools.

Testing: Parents can ask the school to pull children out of state testing, such as the Stanford 9 exam. But schools lose the chance to win awards if too many children opt out.

Home schooling: Those who want to teach their children at home must fill out an affidavit or sign up for home-school programs through the county or some school districts, including Irvine, Placentia- Yorba Linda and Capistrano. Parents can obtain affidavits at the Orange County Department of Education, (714) 966-4231.

Uniforms: Schools with mandatory-uniform policies must provide waivers for parents who want to clothe their children the way they wish. A few schools mandate uniforms, while others have voluntary policies.

Sex education: State law requires schools to inform parents about sex education, including required AIDS- prevention instruction, but parents can ask that their children not take part in such instruction. Parents can also request that children be exempt from lessons that conflict with religious beliefs.

Dissecting animals: Students with moral objections to dissecting animals can get out of science experiments, but they must complete other projects. Parents must back up their children with a note to the school.

School transfers: Parents can request transfers from the district to move to other schools within or outside their district, but schools must give preference to neighborhood children. Home districts must approve transfers out, then the receiving district must accept moves. Many Orange County schools, including most in Anaheim City, refuse incoming transfers because there is no room. Most districts accept out-of-district transfer students on a year-to-year basis, but can revoke the moves if a school is crowded.

Bilingual education: Parents can request bilingual-education classes instead of English immersion at each school. But schools are required to offer bilingual courses only if at least 20 students in a grade level want them. Otherwise, the child can transfer to another school with the class. About 7,500 students were taught in bilingual classes last year in Orange County, mostly in Santa Ana.



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