Sample Letter: Requesting Your Child’s School Records

By Lexi Walters Wright

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Sample Letter: Request a Copy of Your Child’s School RecordsPDF

You have a legal right to see your child’s educational records. Many school districts have a standard form to fill out for requesting records. You can ask the principal or school secretary for it.

If the school doesn’t have a form, you can use this sample letter. Customize it with information about your child, and keep these points in mind:

  • If it would be hard for you to come to the school to view the records, add a sentence to the letter explaining why.
  • Ask the school to mail you a copy of your child’s records.
  • Be sure to specify where you’d like the copies to be sent.
  • You also can make a request via email. Sometimes that’s the quickest option, and it makes it easy to keep a record of the communications.

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    About the author

    About the author

    Lexi Walters Wright is the former Community Manager at Understood. As a writer and editor, she helps parents make more informed choices for their children and for themselves.

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    Whitney Hollins is a special education teacher and adjunct instructor at Hunter College.