In March 2022 the Coronado Unified School District Board adopted with no community discussion a revision to Board Policy, colloquially referred to as the Parental Non-Notification Policy, BP5145.3.
Today, a Federal Judge ruled that the Policy violates Constitutional rights.
CUSD was not alone, since most recommendations for Board Policy changes are made by the California School Boards Association which notoriously also recommended BP0415 which spread Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion throughout Coronado schools fostering Critical Theory intersectionality and unequal treatment of students based on race, class, color, sex, etc.
The Coronado School Board unlike other school boards throughout California has not ended its “secrets policy.” In fact, the school board Trustees have remained noticeably silent as they share tales of wonderful site visits with smiling children and roses falling from the sky.
In fact, just like ignoring subpar academic achievement while touting internships at Greenpeace, SafeHarbor, and opportunities for Civic engagement by excused absences, the Trustees are apparently supporting CUSD providing medical treatment via counseling for gender dysphoric or confused students without informing parents.
Likewise, mandatory masking and school closures were supported by the Association of Coronado Teachers (ACT) and was patently against the welfare of the student, so it is no surprise they too are complicit in BP5145.3 with some teachers asking kids their gender and preferred name and librarians apparently hawking inappropriate books to students.
We have a school board that does not believe in local control nor in any control instead consistency acquiescing to the Administration.
We have an Administration that has steadfastly stated that they will follow guidance issued by the California Department of Education (CDE). CUSD will bring parents into sex, gender, conversations WITH STUDENT CONSENT, whenever the student deems it safe to do so.
“A parent’s right to make decisions concerning the care, custody, control and medical care of their children is one of the oldest of the fundamental liberty interests that Americans enjoy,” U.S. District Judge Roger Benitez of San Diego said in a ruling Sept. 14. That means, he said, that when a school learns that a student has questioned his or her birth gender, or identified as transgender, it must notify the parents, even if the student objects.
It’s no different, Benitez wrote, than a school’s obligation to inform parents if a child suffers a life-threatening concussion during soccer practice, is the victim of a sexual assault or has suicidal thoughts — the parents must be informed, even if the student objects.
And in this case, he said, the Escondido Union School District in San Diego County, and the state whose regulations the district is enforcing, are also violating the rights of teachers to speak to their students, parents and the religious freedom of two teachers who said the policy conflicts with their faith.
So write your Trustees, ask them, do you believe parents have a fundamental right to make decisions concerning care, custody, and medical care of their children?