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Group establishes Web site defending parental-consent policy

A coalition of parents has established a Web site supporting Nevada Joint Union High School District’s current policy that allows students to leave campus for confidential medical appointments without parental consent.

The group is calling itself Protect All Children of Nevada County. The Web site at http://www.pacnc.org contains information about the high school district’s policy on parental consent. The site also has information about Capitol Resource Institute, the conservative Sacramento-based nonprofit that is helping push to change the policy so that parents must be notified of such medical appointments.

The high school district doesn’t have its own formal policy regarding

parental consent for confidential medical appointments. It relies on the California Education Code and an opinion released by Attorney General Bill Lockyer late last year that affirms the right of children in grades 7 to 12 to obtain services for reproductive health, HIV/AIDS prevention and mental health services.

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