In sum, SBHCs undermine the family by weakening the ability of parents to direct their children’s physical and mental health care. Since parents have the prior right and authority to decide what health services their children will receive, any laws, policies or SBHCs that undermine this authority should be challenged.
Seven Questions Parents Should Ask About SBHCs to Protect Their Rights
1. Who will be responsible if negative consequences result from care given within the school without a parent’s knowledge or consent? Is the district or school ready to assume the legal risks?
2. Are there any other agencies that partner with the school to provide care to our children at the Center? If so, what entities? For example, does the SBHC center have any association with a Planned Parenthood organization?
3. Will parents be informed if their child seeks to identify as the opposite gender? Will the center be providing puberty blockers, cross-sex hormones, or counseling to help gender-confused children try to transition?
4. Will the SBHC be able to refer children for abortions?
The following questions and advice were offered by Parents’ Rights in Education:
5. What injections and/or insertions can the SBHC give my child without my knowledge or consent—on or off school property (in the case of an off-site referral)?
6. How and when will I be informed if my child has accessed mental health services at the SBHC or if my child has been referred to an off-site agency for mental health care?
7. Specifically, to what agencies, which may be off-site, can the SBHC refer my child?
Request “accurate and complete responses to these questions in writing, and in a timely manner.”
Parents, who naturally have the best interest of their child in mind, have the right to expect full disclosure of any and all services, content and materials disseminated to their child while at school.
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