'parents' is a pluarl noun that refers to the male and female parent of a child. It can also refer to individuals who are viewed as parental authority figures, such as in the phrase 'the parents of the school', which would be used to refer to the authority figures of a school, be they teachers, administrators, or other faculty members. Parents can also be used when referring to members of an organization or culture, such as with something like 'the Inuit parents who lived in this area for generations'.
1. Recently, my parents took me on vacation to France.
2. The parents of the school are expecting all students to be present during the assembly.
3. In the 18th century, the Inuit parents of the area relied on fishing for sustenance.