District To Update Parental Consent Policy

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(Sacramento, CA)
Tuesday, November 17, 2009
The policy is already state law. And district spokesman Trent Allen says San Juan’s been complying. Trustees just need to sign-off on updated language that puts the district’s policy in line with the state Education Code. Not doing it could jeopardize state funding.
But Brad Dacus with the conservative legal firm Pacific Justice Institute says the district is not required to adopt such a policy…the code says districts may adopt it.
“This is a clear breach of parental trust for school districts to have children leaving campus without parents knowing about to have certain psychiatric counseling, getting birth control or even a surgical procedure such as an abortion.”
But supporters of the policy say not all kids have parents they can confide in. Rebecca Gudeman is with the National Center for Youth Law.
“It means that we can get healthcare to kids who really need it and who don’t have parents who are able or willing to help them get it.”
Tonight’s meeting starts at 6:30 PM at the district’s headquarters on Walnut Avenue.