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Notify parents

Due to my daughter’s death, I raised my grandson alone. That places me in the 27 percentile of children living with one parent. I remember reading through a thick packet of required legal disclosures several times without realizing I was giving permission for my grandson to leave campus during school hours for confidential medical care. I really felt I had scrutinized the above-mentioned packet thoroughly.

As a guardian/parent, I was always notified when my grandson broke rules or got hurt participating in sports, along with having to sign permission slips for sports physicals. If an injury occurred, I was advised to take him to the doctor or hospital at my expense, which leads me to ask: Who is monetarily responsible for children with serious conditions seen by doctors without parental consent? What happens after an abortion and treatment for depression or sexually transmitted diseases has been performed and children come home to unknowing parents?



Keep Nevada County children safe and healthy by notifying parents.

Betty Evans




Lake of the Pines

How we raise our kids

Those concerned that their children will seek medical care without their knowledge have not raised children who are confident that they can be open with those parents.

Richard Mantle

Nevada City

Parents, pay attention

Jean Gregory in her recent Other Voices column claims that the high school did not properly notify the parents of its policy. She further claims that dozens of other parents did not know about the policy. I have a suggestion for her and these dozens of parents: When the school sends home a parent handbook of polices for you to read – read it. The school felt it was important enough to print these handbooks and send them home with every student. If you care so much about your child and about school policy, then why didn’t you read the handbook? If illiteracy is the problem, then you could likely learn to read at one of our local libraries. Otherwise, the only excuse you have for not knowing school policy is laziness.

Eileen Rodrigues

Grass Valley

Get back to teaching

Sounds to me as if the NUHS District is guilty, not of ignoring parents’ concerns, but of a lack of communicating the nature of district policies. Based upon Maggie Deetz’s comments quoted in your March 25 issue, it seems that the district’s policy is to make every effort to involve parents.

As I read it, the state law in question permits the school district to help kids get medical advice when they have reason to suspect that harm would come to the student if abusive parents were informed. In this case, school personnel would be required to involve Child Protective Services anyway. I feel quite certain that the schools are not excusing kids whenever they say they have a medical appointment. So what’s all the shouting about? Let’s let the school get on with their real job – education.

Marc Matthias

Grass Valley

Give children some credit

We find it amusing that the same parents who are so outraged by the current confidential medical services policy at Nevada Union Joint High School District are some of the same parents who have had children go through the system with this same policy in place for many years. Detrimental to parenting? We think not.

Perhaps Rocklin, Roseville and El Dorado Hills don’t have vulnerable high school students, but in this county there are at-risk adolescents who do not have the luxury of a loving and healthy home life. Let’s give all our children a fighting chance to succeed and be healthy. Let’s give them some credit for taking the initiative to seek help. And perhaps, rather than attacking the policy, we should be asking how we, as a community, can provide greater support.

Gordon and Lindy Beatie

Rough and Ready

A political opportunity

Sue Horne and company are eager to advance their agenda, even if it means suppressing the civil liberties of others.

Nevada Union Supt. Deetz recalls just three times in the past 23 years when a parental consent matter has arisen. In the resolution of each case, says Deetz, district professionals involved the parents. Yet Supervisor Horne panned the gold country political stream and … eureka … she plucked an “issue” from current district policy – a “pro-family” issue, no less – a political nugget that never fails to glitter, especially when a Sacramento partisan group can be called in to polish it with skewed telephone surveys and alarmist phone messages.

Since Horne and company seem motivated not so much by a concern for the well being of young people as by a desire to promote their ideological agenda, it should not be too difficult for moderates to know where to stand on this “issue.”

Timothy May

Rough and Ready


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