Chino Unified Changes Its Parental Notification Policy

Last year, the Chino Valley Unified School District ignited a firestorm when it became the first district in California to approve a parental notification policy for transgender students. On Thursday, the school board voted to alter that policy, as it fends off a lawsuit from the state.

CVUSD’s original policy required that parents be notified within three days if their child requests to be “identified or treated, as a gender… other than the student’s biological sex or gender listed on the student’s birth certificate or any other official records.” That would include a request to go by a different name, to use different pronouns, or to access “sex-segregated” programs, activities, or bathrooms that do not align with their biological sex. 

Under the new language, parents must only be notified when a student requests a change of their official records. The policy makes no specific mention of gender or pronouns. The new language is consistent with a judge’s ruling last year. 

Critics say the district is using a legal loophole to continue its policy of “outing” trans students. It’s not yet clear how the change will impact the state’s legal case.

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