This “opt-out” letter is centered around the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) and the Protection of Pupil Rights Amendment (PPRA). It will provide parents with help in the following areas:
- School District that requires my/our child(ren) to answer questions specifically regarding: race, gender, gender identification, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, family structure, and/or socio-economic status. I/We also explicitly do NOT consent to my/our child(ren) participating in any federally-funded survey, analysis, or evaluation
- (Child(rens) Names and Grade Level) under FERPA and PPRA from taking any test, assessment, or examination that purports to determine whether my/our child(ren) have any alleged implicit or unconscious bias, including without limitation the Implicit Association Test
- School District pertaining to sexuality, sexual identity, gender identity, and sexual lifestyles on the grounds that the law identifies us, the parents or guardians, as the primary source of our children’s sexual education. Our children are not to be given reading materials, in-classroom displays, surveys, or verbal instruction of any kind pertaining to those areas. We will notify you of our consent to any instruction on sexuality in form once it has been presented to us for review for 6th grade on
- School District that deprives my/our child(ren) of equal dignity and protection of their natural, God-given, constitutional, and/or legal rights by promoting any of the following ideas or actions:
- Any race, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, and/or socio-economic status is inherently superior or inferior to any other race, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, and/or socio-economic status.
- Fundamentally negative perceptions of our country, our state, or our local governments and institutions and/or those who serve therein.
- The values, principles, and/or ideals of one’s own, one’s family, one’s religion, or the country of the United States are incorrect, inferior, and/or limiting them from academic and/or social emotional growth and development.
Simply fill out the opt-out letter for each of your students and email it to the counselor, principal and each of their teachers. Also, consider printing numerous copies so that your student can have them in their backpack and perhaps a copy of the email that was sent. PACT is not claiming that this will solve all of our problems, however LCPS’s failure/refusal to honor the parents opt-out letter may very well present a legal challenge and certainly create an administrative nightmare.