CV NEWS FEED // The Rocklin Unified School District Board of Trustees voted 4-1 to pass a policy requiring teachers to notify parents if their child uses a “trans” identity at school.
According to The Daily Signal, schools in the district
must contact parents within three school days if their child requests to use a name, pronouns, or sex-segregated facilities “that do not align with the child’s biological sex.” Trustees also clarified that a student’s gender identity remains confidential to everyone “except the student and their parent(s).”
The vote took place well after midnight on Thursday morning. Following the vote, the board released a statement to local news media, affirming that they are “dedicated to strengthening the relationships” between its “staff, students and families.”
“Our ever-changing world puts increasing demands and pressures on this relationship,” the board added. “We trust our parents to know what is best for their children and we trust our staff to teach and care for our children and our schools with excellence.”
“The board’s action to strengthen parental notification and communication reinforces our commitment to include parents in school activities and decisions related to their child.”
As the Signal reported:
The vote came after hundreds of people crowded into a grueling, six-and-a-half-hour meeting that included more than four hours of public comments that ranged from heartrending to hot-headed.
“This policy is violent,” asserted an LGBTQ activist wearing a rainbow cape, a cloth COVID-19 mask, and hoisting a handheld transgender flag. “You are waging war, and we will not take it quietly. … We’ll shame you in public! … Take our kids’ futures and we’ll take your livelihood!”
“We don’t take threats up here,” replied RUSD Board President Julie Hupp, who favored the policy. “Threatening the board members is not how we work up here.”
“It’s not a threat. It’s a promise!” said the speaker, who identified as Jay Smith, to the cheers of rainbow flag-waving audience members.
The contentious meeting began Wednesday evening and ended in a victory for parental rights at 12:40 a.m. on Thursday, with four of the five board members voting for the new policy.
After the motion passed, loud cheers broke out among many of the parents who attended the meeting. The moment was captured in a video posted to X (formerly Twitter) by northern California-based parents’ rights advocate Jonathan Zachreson
Zachreson was one of the meeting’s many speakers. He also serves as a school board member for the nearby Roseville City School District, which is considering a similar policy.
As the Signal noted, Rocklin is now the fifth school district in California to pass a measure requiring parents to be notified if a student “identifies” as “trans” at school.
Over the past few weeks, the Golden State has emerged as a primary battleground in the nation’s ongoing fight for parental rights in education.
On August 28, Democratic California Attorney General Rob Bonta filed a lawsuit against a Southern California school district with a parental notification policy. A San Bernadino Superior Court judge on Wednesday sided with Bonta, placing a temporary restraining order on that district’s policy.
Despite this, the Rocklin Board of Trustees still went forward and passed their policy just hours later.
A week ago, single mother Jessica Konen of Monterey County was awarded a $100,000 legal settlement after suing a school district for “transitioning” her 11-year-old daughter behind her back. The district did not have a parental notification policy.
Read more on the fight for parents’ rights in California:
Judge Sides With California AG, Temporarily Stops School’s Pro-Parent Policy
Victory: CA School Awards Settlement to Mom After ‘Transitioning’ Daughter
CA School Districts Not Giving Up on Pro-Parent Policies Despite Dem AG’s Lawsuit
California AG Files Lawsuit Against Pro-Parent Policy