draft transgender student policies misguided
The goal of providing a safe and wholesome environment to students, faculty, and staff is a commendable one. The proposed guidelines, however, are misguided and overreaching. Restroom and locker room privacy will no longer be guaranteed: "Access to facilities such as restrooms and locker rooms that correspond to a student's gender identity shall be available to all students." (p. 18) "School staff should not confront students about their gender identity upon entry into the restroom." (p. 18) Schools will be able to discipline students or staff for not using desired pronouns (pp. 10, 12), will not inform parents of restroom privacy issues (information about a student's transgender status is regarded as "particularly sensitive" and shall not be disclosed . . . p.12), and could interrogate or discipline children without parental knowledge (p. 10). These are just a few of the problems in the proposed guidelines. Please do not enact them.