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Posted on May 18, 2016
On Monday, Kathleen L. Rodgers, the Divisional Director Intervention, Equity and Support Services for Leon County Schools, sent an email to all principals and School Board leadership addressing the directive from the Federal government that summarizes a school’s Title IX obligations regarding transgender students.
This was first reported on the Morning Show with Preston Scott, WFLA 100.7.
The email addressed a number of topics in the letter from the Federal government and included a summary for each topic.
Included below are three of the topics addressed in the email. The full email can be seen here.
Compliance with Title IX – The Departments treat a student’s gender identity as the student’s sex for purposes of Title IX and its implementing regulations.This was addressed in our October, 2015 training. This means that the school must not treat a transgender student differently from the way it treats other students of the same gender identity. Under Title IX, there is no medical diagnosis or treatment requirement that students must meet as a prerequisite to being treated consistent with their gender identity.
Sex-segregated Activities and Facilities- Transgender students must be allowed participate in activities and have access to facilities consistent with their gender identity.This was addressed in our October, 2015 training.
Housing and Overnight Accommodations – Title IX allows a school to provide separate housing on the basis of sex. But a school must allow transgender students to access housing consistent with their gender identity and may not require transgender students to stay in a single-occupancy accommodations or to disclose personal information when not required of other students.
Ms. Rodgers closed the email by saying:
“As you can see, we were ahead of the game and have shared most of the contents of the Dear Colleague Letter with you via training. The guidance simply supports and undergirds what we have been told to do since September, 2015.”
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