Letters to the Editor, Feb. 6-8, 2013
If your children attended Park City High School (PCHS) on October 9, 2012, they were subject to a DNA test. Opt-out forms were sent home with the high school students to the parents prior to the test. However, the children were offered a raffle ticket to win an iPad if they participated and the majority of the opt-out forms did not make it into parental hands. Most parents found out that their child’s DNA had been sampled after the fact, if at all. The information that went home stated that "the samples will be anonymous," but the students were asked to put their names on the samples.
According to Utah Code :
53A-13-302. Activities prohibited without prior written consent Validity of consent Qualifications Training on implementation.
(1) Policies adopted by a school district under Section 53A-13-301 shall include prohibitions on the administration to a student of any psychological or psychiatric examination, test, or treatment, or any survey, analysis, or evaluation without the prior written consent of the student’s parent or legal guardian.
PCHS students will be the subject of another study where the students will be asked to wear "proximity sensors" for a Contact among Utah’s School age Population (CUSP) study beginning February 5, 2013. Again, opt-out forms were sent home. iTunes gift cards are being offered to students who will partake in the study.
The CUSP study should be postponed by PCHS until the Utah code can be followed, allowing time for proper opt-in documentation to be collected from the parents wishing to do so. At minimum, one can question the use of precious class time for such activities.
BIKEDANCE proceeds went to good causes
Greetings Park City, it’s your friendly BIKEDANCE organizers here. We would like to take this opportunity to thank all the businesses that supported BIKEDANCE in 2013, and helped to make the event possible. Thank you to Moab Brewery, Red Bicycle Breadworks and the Yee-Haw Pickle Company for keeping everyone fueled up. Thank you to White Pine Touring and Flanagan’s on Main for hosting this year’s BIKEDANCE, and for your financial support and incredible generosity. Thanks to Mtn Ranks for the awesome T-shirts and to SRAM for the great koozies and financial support as well. We would also like to thank Park City Television and KPCW for helping us spread the word about BIKEDANCE 2013!
Last but certainly not least, we would like to thank the Park City community that supports this great event every year. This year we raised close to $1,000.00 for the Mountain Trails Foundation! We also were able to purchase a bike for World Bicycle Relief which provides bikes to communities in Sub-Saharan Africa. We hope to continue to grow BIKEDANCE with your continued support in 2014! Thanks again for everything, Park City!
Be independent, ride your bike!
Communications director, Jans Ltd
Remember ‘the People’ in gun-control debate
Issues of gun control, according to Zachary Haskins (Park Record, February 2-5), are to be resolved between the NRA and federal/state government. I think he has missed an important component of the argument which I like to refer to as "the People." I hope law student Haskins still has enough school remaining to learn who the NRA actually represents.
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