When did schools become social service agencies- when they decided to bring health clinics to campus!
The State says “NO” to alcohol, tattoos, and tanning beds. But, ”YES” to hormone therapy, contraception, and sex change?
Like many well-meaning programs in schools, there can be unintended consequences undermining the relationship between children and families. Who decides what medications a minor should ingest? The state or legal guardian? And, who is responsible when choices made, go sideways? Yes, there will always be under served or disadvantaged students and families in our communities. Local social service agencies are available for them.
The question has more to do with parents’ rights, and the proper role of a school. Teen years are almost synonymous with rebellion. And, just because a family is not of means does not suggest the parent(s) don’t want to be involved in health related decisions. What about those so-called good families whose kids will be able to avail themselves of SBHC services on the Middle and High School Campus? They won’t need to honor their parents, will they, especially if they know approval is not likely?
Most people do not know SBHCs can refer to other clinics those “services” they do not provide. For example, referrals are made to Planned Parenthood for Abortion Services, Hormone Replacement Therapy, and Chest Binders.
See the SBHC Fact Sheet