I support this policy. Since I am responsible for the care of my child until 18 years of age, I should be aware of what is going on with my child when it pertains to education according to the Code of Virginia, § 1-240.1, provides that a “parent has a fundamental right to make decisions concerning the upbringing, education, and care of the parent’s child.” Also, the Fourteenth Amendment also guarantees the rights of parents to direct the upbringing for their children. I believe working with the schools because we should be working together not against each other. Why is it too hard to believe the parent should be involved/informed? When individuals oppose this policy, I feel the parents are being ignored, we don’t count, we are not allowed to express our concerns which causes trusts not to exist between myself and the school.
Concerning informing parents, the following helps define what happens if a child feels uncomfortable about schools informing the parents: “The Code of Virginia, § 22.1-272.1.: Requires “[a]ny person licensed as administrative or instructional personnel by the Board of Education and employed by a local school board who, in the scope of his employment, has reason to believe, as a result of direct communication from a student, that such student is at imminent risk of suicide, shall, as soon as practicable, contact at least one of such student’s parents to ask whether such parent is aware of the student's mental state and whether the parent wishes to obtain or has already obtained counseling for such student.” However, “[i]f the student has indicated that the reason for being at imminent risk of suicide relates to parental abuse or neglect, this contact shall not be made with the parent. Instead, the person shall, as soon as practicable, notify the local department of social services of the county or city wherein the child resides or wherein the abuse or neglect is believed to have occurred or the state Department of Social Services’ toll-free child abuse and neglect hotline, as required by § 63.2- 1509.”
It also states which I support that schools should attempt to accommodate students with distinctive needs, including any student with a persistent and sincere belief that his or her gender differs from his or her sex. A team of appropriate school staff and other caregivers should collaborate with the parents to identify and implement reasonable accommodations or modifications, taking into account the resources and staff available in the school and school divisions, as well as the rights and needs of other students and of school staff.
As a parent, I feel with the following Codes the school will make sure no discrimination or bullying is allowed for all students plus I should be able to request to review materials without being denied.
The Code of Virginia, § 2.2-3900, et seq.: Prohibits “unlawful discrimination in educational institutions on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions, age, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, military status, or disability.”
The Code of Virginia, § 22.1-207.2: Provides that parents have the right to review the complete family life curricula, including all supplemental materials used in any family life education program.
The Code of Virginia, § 22.1-201.2:1: Provides that parents shall have the right to review any audio-visual materials that contain graphic sexual or violent content used in anti-bullying or suicide prevention programs.
The Code of Virginia, § 22.1-291.4: Provides that bullying and abusive work environments are prohibited.
In conclusion, as parents, we deserve to know of what is taking place with our child because that is our parental rights.