The Fairfield-Suisun board of education has voted to keep in place a policy requiring school officials to obtain parental permission before a student is allowed to leave campus for any reason, including "confidential medical services" such as abortions.
The board's 5-2 vote on July 16 represents the second time in four years the school district’s governing body has rejected attempts to liberalize the policy. Fairfield-Suisun Superintendent Jacki Cottingim first asked the school board in 2005 to change the policy so students could leave campus without parental knowledge or consent for "confidential medical services." Cottingim sought a policy change again this year – and both times the board of education said no.
"Thankfully, the majority of Fairfield board members understand that the law is clear about confidential release," said Karen England, executive director of Capitol Resource Institute, in a statement issued following the school board’s decision. "They understand that local school boards are given the choice to include parents or exclude parents." England testified before the school board in favor of keeping the existing policy.