By Patricia Bailey
Good evening, School Board. There are serious legal and ethical questions concerning Highline School District Policy 3211. This policy requires teachers and other school officials to withhold information from the parents or guardian, if that is the student’s decision.
It’s a serious mental health issue when a student begins to identify as the opposite sex at school without telling the parents. A Highline School District official recently wrote, “…the determination of whether to tell the parent/ guardian lives with the student. A student may have many reasons not to disclose this information to their parent—for example, a student may have indicated a safety concern if their parent/guardian becomes aware of the situation.”
Let’s see if this makes for good school policy.
A student may habitually skip school 2 out of 5 days per week, but may also indicate a safety concern if their parents become aware of it. Should this stop school personnel from notifying the home?
What if the student brings a gun to school, but indicates a safety concern if the parents become aware of it? Will this stop school personnel from notifying the home?
What if a student starts a fight, resulting in serious injury, but indicates a safety concern if the parent or guardian becomes aware of it? Should this stop school personnel from notifying the home?
It doesn’t take long to figure out that putting children in charge is not a credible way to operate a school district. In fact, parents and guardians are the most important people in a student’s life.