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ACLU Urges Vista Unified To Change Parental Notification


Aired 4/20/09


Two legal groups are asking the Vista Unified School District to change a controversial policy that requires teenagers to get parental consent to leave campus for confidential medical services. KPBS Reporter Ana Tintocalis has more.

The ACLU of San Diego County and the National Center for Youth Law sent a letter to the Vista school board, pointing out their current policy violates state law.

Lawyers say California allows young people to leave campus without telling their parents to deal with a reproductive health matter, sexual, mental or substance abuse issues.

But Vista school trustees say the law allows some room for interpretation and they want to clarify that parents DO have to be notified.

The ACLU's David Blair Loy says Vista is opening itself up to serious.

“Any public entity, school district, city government is actively breaking the law or enacts a policy that violates the law is open to litigation to strike down the policy,” Blair Loy said.

And Blair Loy says the ACLU will consider litigation if the Vista keeps the policy.

Ana Tintocalis, KPBS News.


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