The Conejo Guardian has learned that the Conejo Valley Unified School District (CVUSD), led by superintendent Mark McLaughlin, is forcing teachers and staff at a Newbury Park middle school to allow a 6th-grade girl to sleep in a boys’ cabin at Outdoor School next week — without informing the girl’s parents or any parents, say multiple sources.
School employees describe themselves as “outraged” because the district is hiding the girl’s “transition” from her parents, and from parents of the boys who may be assigned to share a cabin and bathroom with her in coming days.
According to one source, teachers were given a letter from the district specifically telling them they may not speak to the media about this issue, and that if they do, they can be terminated.
Sources say the district insists it is allowed to keep this 6th-grade student’s behavior a secret from her parents; the district believes it does not need to inform her parents of her “cabin switch” at Outdoor Camp; and the district says it does not have to tell the boys staying in the cabin with her, or the boys’ families, or the camp counselor that a girl will be bunking with them.
A person familiar with the matter says the 6th-grade girl’s cabin will be assigned to her at her request without notifying anyone else.
Another source tells the Guardian that the girl’s parents oppose her gender “transition” and “so the school is not going to inform them [about her Outdoor School cabin assignment] and will do it without their knowledge or consent.”
In November 2022, the Conejo Guardian reported that McLaughlin and CVUSD were preparing to put 6th-grade students in immediate danger by allowing boys and girls to live and sleep in each others’ cabins at Outdoor School, a multi-day retreat spent in the local mountains studying and enjoying nature. The previous story quoted an email from Los Cerritos principal Jason Klinger which said: “As required by this California law, students will be in a cabin that is consistent with their gender identity.”
Klinger cited California Education Code 221.5(f), which states, “A pupil shall be permitted to participate in sex-segregated school programs and activities, including athletic teams and competitions, and use facilities consistent with his or her gender identity, irrespective of the gender listed on the pupil’s records.”
The Guardian sought comment from Superintendent McLaughlin about the situation. Read more on this story in the April issue of The Conejo Guardian.
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