School board asked to change parental-consent policy for medical appointments |

School board asked to change parental-consent policy for medical appointments

High school board to discuss parental consent issue Wednesday

Parents concerned about allowing high-school aged children to leave campus for medical appointments without their consent are expected to lobby the Nevada Joint Union High School District on Wednesday to change its policy.

Enlisted to help make the change is a Sacramento lobbying organization, which has successfully made school districts in Roseville and Fairfield change policies to inform parents when their students go off campus for medical appointments such as rape counseling, communicable-disease treatment or abortion.

Nevada County Supervisor Sue Horne also is pushing for the policy change.

The high school district generally has followed an opinion issued by California Attorney General Bill Lockyer that states minors not need parental consent for such appointments.

The board is only expected to hear comments and possibly make a decision at a later date, said Superintendent Maggie Deetz.

The board meets at 6 p.m. Wednesday at Bear River High School in southern Nevada County.

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