Student-privacy Web site launched
A coalition of parents and other community members has established a Web site supporting Nevada Joint Union High School District’s policy allowing 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. It also criticizes the Capitol Resource Institute, a conservative Sacramento-based nonprofit that supports a policy change that would require parental notification for such medical appointments.
Susan Rogers of Nevada City is leading the coalition to keep the district’s policy unchanged.
“This policy protects the kids who are afraid to talk to their parents,” she said during a meeting to launch the site Wednesday evening.
“This is about supporting our schoolchildren in Nevada County. (The high school district) cares about our kids, and we need to support them.”
Several parents have pushed to change the policy, saying that the school district should not let students leave without parents being notified.
District officials, citing the California Education Code and an opinion issued last year by the state attorney general, have said they are required to let students attend confidential medical appointments without parental oversight.
Dan Miller, president of the Nevada Joint Union High School District board, said the school board doesn’t have plans to bring the issue up when it meets next on April 20.
“We have no intention right now to bring it back as an agenda item,” he said.
Karen England, executive director of Capitol Resource Institute, said Thursday that the group would continue to fight for a change in the high school district policy.
“We’re simply advocating a parent-friendly policy for the district,” she said.
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