Care During School Hours
Finding time in your hectic schedule to get to a clinic for services isn't as hard as you might think. California teens may be excused from school to access sexual and reproductive health services WITHOUT needing their parents' or guardians' permission and without them being notified.
California law is very clear on this issue:
Schools must excuse you during the school day for confidential "minor consent" health services,
Schools cannot adopt a policy that requires parent or guardian consent when you are excused from school for confidential medical care; and
- Schools cannot adopt a policy that requires parent or guardian notification when you are excused from school for confidential medical care.
In other words, if you need to go to an appointment during the school day to access minor consent services, your school is required to excuse your absence and they CANNOT make you request permission from your parents or notify them of your absence.
Minor consent services include:
- Birth Control, including Emergency Contraception
- Testing and Treatment for STDs (ages 12 and older)
- Pregnancy Testing and Prenatal Care
- Abortion Services
- Mental Health Services