A seventh California school board has approved a notification policy that will require schools to alert parents if their child identifies as transgender, amid a statewide debate over the issue.
Trustees on the board of Dry Creek Elementary Joint School District in Placer County unanimously approved the policy on Sept. 14.
The new rule requires schools to notify parents in writing within five days if their child identifies as transgender. Parents also will be informed within three days if their child is involved in bullying or violence, and as soon as possible if their child communicates thoughts of suicide.
Under the policy, which has been widely supported by parental rights advocates, parents are also to be alerted if their child requests to use names, pronouns, bathrooms, or locker rooms that don’t “align with the student’s biological sex or gender,” asks to participate in athletic programs that don't align with the student's biological sex, or requests to change information in his or her school records.
Dry Creek’s policy is based on policies recently enacted by six other districts in the state: Chino Valley Unified, Murrieta Valley Unified, Temecula Valley Unified, the Anderson Union High School District, Rocklin Unified, and Orange Unified.
Dry Creek, however, opted to make one change in its own version, a provision that allows school officials to delay the act of alerting the child’s parents if they believe it would risk the child’s safety.
“Only in the event that a staff member in conjunction with the site administrator determines based on credible evidence that there is substantial jeopardy to the child’s safety, the notification may be delayed pending timely investigation prior to notification,” the district’s policy stated.
The school board approved the policy without discussion. Trustees weren't immediately available for comment.
The approval of the parent notification policy made the small district the latest target of state Attorney General Rob Bonta, who last month announced a lawsuit against the Chino Valley Unified School District—which was the first among California school districts to enact such a policy in July.
Chino Valley Unified Board President Sonja Shaw said in a statement texted to The Epoch Times shortly after the ruling that she will continue to fight for children’s well-being by protecting parental rights.
“We spent months assembling a thoughtful policy that allows parents to be involved in their child’s life,” Ms. Shaw said. “The policy does not stop any lifestyle changes, it simply says parents have a right to know what is going on at school and not be the last person to be informed.”