The Leon County School Board is in the process of updating a document called the “LCS Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer Support Guide.”
During the last “Agenda Review/Workshops” meeting on January 11th, the LCSB spent considerable time addressing a number of issues in the guide including the use of nicknames and parents rights.
Tallahassee Reports obtained a copy of the “Guide” and listed below are a number of “Frequently Asked Questions and Answers” that address a range of issues.
For example, FAQ’s indicate:
- students may not be disciplined for cross dressing
- a student may participate on a sports team based on gender identity not birth sex
- a student may choose a bathroom based on gender identity not birth sex
- events titled Donuts for Dads and Father-Daughter Dance should be changed
- parents must be involved with gender decisions related to name changes and school actions related sexuality issues.
See complete questions and answers from the “Guide” provided below.
Frequently Asked Questions and Answers
Q: What is School Board policy regarding LGBTQ+ students?
A: This policy is explained in LCS Policies 2260 – NONDISCRIMINATION AND ACCESS TO EQUAL EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITY, which reads, in part, “…the Board will not discriminate nor tolerate harassment in its educational programs or activities on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity.”
Q: A student wishes to be called a name other than their legal name (commonly referred to a nickname or go by name)?
A: Parents or majority age students must amend the Student Information System (SIS) and place the name in the preferred name field prior to referring to the student by their requested name.
Q: What is the difference in a preferred/affirmed name and a nick name?
A: A preferred name may be provided in the Student Support Plan at the end of this document or on the student enrollment form in the “Preferred Name” field. This is the name by which a student is popularly known or as requested by a parent or guardian. Nicknames or pet names that are used by parents but not suitable for school use should not be included on intake forms. Registrars can question the suitability of a nickname when it is requested, provided that such questions are not based on gender.
Q: A “male” student wore a dress to school, which caused a disruption in class. Is this a violation of the student dress code?
A: A student may not be disciplined for cross dressing or wearing clothing that is historically or typically associated with a gender other than the student’s gender role, provided the clothing otherwise meets the school’s dress code. The gender of the individual wearing them is not relevant to determining a dress code violation. The fact that a disruption occurred does not implicate the student wearing the clothing, but rather, is an indication that the campus could benefit from a conversation about tolerance understanding of differences.
Q: A student wants to change their name and gender marker in their educational record. What actions need to be taken?
A: The District must use a student’s legal name on all official educational records. While a student may be referred to by a nickname (which may also be referred to as a “go by name”) by school staff (the process for doing so set forth in the following question), and this nickname may be included in certain educational records, the only mechanism by which a majority age student or their parent may change a student’s legal name in their educational records is by obtaining a Final Judgment of Name Change from a court and presenting that to the school.
Regarding a student’s gender, a district will maintain the gender listed on the student’s birth certificate until presented with an amended birth certificate by the majority age student or their parent. Parents and majority age students have the right under the provisions of the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) to amend information that is “inaccurate, misleading, or in violation of student’s rights of privacy.” (34C.F.R. & 99.7(a)(2)(ii). Any requested change must be documented by supporting records indicating the amendment meets the criteria set forth by FERPA.
Q: A student has complained about a person of the wrong sex in the bathroom or locker room area. What action should be taken?
A: Report it to the administration. As part of LCS policy against discrimination based on gender identity, any student may use restroom and locker room facilities in accordance with their gender identity; however there is a process by which to do so. Students may request additional privacy in locker rooms and should be provided with a private area where they can change clothes for gym class or athletic activities.
The privacy areas should be offered to all students who wish to change with a higher level of privacy for any reason. Toilet stalls are not changing areas.
Q: A student wants to participate in athletic activities in a gender different than what official records show as their gender. What rules decide when this is allowed?
A: Leon County Schools follows the Administrative Policies of the Florida High School Athletics Association (FHSAA) for high school athletics. Section 4.3 of these policies states, in part, “GENDER IDENTITY PARTICIPATION.”All eligible students should have the opportunity to participate in interscholastic athletics in a manner that is consistent with their gender identity and expression, irrespective of the gender listed on a student’s birth certificate and/or records.”
FHSAA Administrative Policies 4.3 outlines the “Gender Identity Eligibility Review Process” beginning with the student and parent or legal guardian notifying the school administrator or athletic director prior to the start of the sport season. This is followed by documentation that includes a written statement from the student affirming consistent gender identity, a similar statement from the parent or legal guardian, a letter from a medical professional, and other documents. The section gives a detailed description of the process. While the rules are written for interscholastic competition at the high school level, they guide decisions for middle school requests for athletic participation.
Q: A student has complained that a teacher, student or school employee has intentionally “misgendered” them. What does this mean and what should be done about it?
A: Misgendering a student is intentionally using the wrong gender pronouns. As part of LCS policy against discrimination based on gender identity, misgendering is considered harassment. Students, faculty and staff are expected to treat their peers with respect, including using their preferred gender pronouns, even if those pronouns are gender neutral, (i.e., “they”, “them”).
Similarly, consistent, intentional “deadnaming”, or using the discarded birth name of a student, faculty, or staff member that is not the preferred name of that person is considered harassment.
Q: A common practice is dividing students by gender during classroom activities. Should this practice be reconsidered?
A: Yes. Division by gender alienates and isolates students who do not conform to conventional gender stereotypes. It also can reinforce stereotypes and encourage students to make judgments based on gender. If not wholly removed, consider varying between gender grouping and other types of grouping (age, food preferences, sports teams), and always include a group for those who do not like the other options presented.
Q: A parent or legal guardian and their same-sex partner have expressed frustration with completing paperwork that asks for information about their child’s mother and father. A single father is concerned that his student won’t have an adult at Muffins and Moms. A single mother is upset that her daughter will not be able to participate in a Father-Daughter dance. How can our schools make sure that non-traditional families, such as same-sex parents, single parents, legal guardians, and blended families, feel supported and welcomed?
A: Same-sex marriage has been legal throughout the United States since 2015 and same-sex couples have been raising children for decades. It is normal and common to have students with same-sex parents. Leon County Schools recommends inclusive language that is consistent with its non-discrimination policies. Paperwork should ask for “parent or legal guardian” information rather than “mother” or “father” and all school events should make clear that adults of all genders are welcome.
Gender-specific events like “Muffins with Moms” and “Doughnuts with Dads” should either be changed to be more inclusive or include notes in the invitations that parents or legal guardians of either gender are welcome to attend.
Q: A student has come out as LGBTQ+ to administrators or teachers. Should the parents or legal guardians be notified?
A: Yes, unless you believe that disclosure to the parent or guardian will place the student in imminent danger. If you believe that disclosure will place the student in imminent danger, you must contact DCF immediately. Accommodations cannot be initiated until completion of the DCF investigation or until the parents are notified.
Insane. Refund my school property taxes.
WTF does this crap have to do with teaching reading, writing or arithmetic? Absolutely nothing!!
And do we have a Straight Guide as part of school board policy? F#%k no!!
Elected school officials in Leon County need to be removed and replaced with sane minded conservatives. Liberals are simply destroying our children.
Home school your kids. these people are perverts.
What a load of crap. >:(
Regarding allowing students to choose the restroom (or sport team) that aligns with whatever gender they choose, the policy says that “Students may request additional privacy in locker rooms and should be provided with a private area where they can change clothes for gym class or athletic activities.” This insinuates that it is the confused student that can request privacy or a private area. What about the other 24 out of 25 students and their request? Can normal students request the mentally ill one be separated into a private area? I bet not.
Leon County Skrewel Board needs a one-way trip.
None of this GARBAGE should be part of the curriculum.
They have all lost their minds… the very idea they should be in charge of anyone’s education is grotesque.
School board needs a trip to the woodshed. Confused children need counseling paid for by their parents.
Parents: If you haven’t figured it out by now… get your children the hell out of the Public Indoctrination System as soon as humanly possible. Normalizing a depraved mental disorder is utterly inexcusable. The entire Leon County Fool Board and their Stupidintendant need to go.
May God forgive them their transgressions
Donuts for Dads has never required a Dad to participate. Could be any family member, even a mom. It was created because a lot of Dads left the school communication to their spouse and it was a good way to get to know the Dad but being one was never required. This is pure thought and word policing, as usual with the left, nothing more. How many years before calling yourself a man or a Dad is illegal??
This is so typical of elected officials. They presume to have complete control and autonomy over everything within their reach while ignoring the fact that they have been elected into a temporary job to do the work that represents the electorate, not dominate them.
In days past, such people and their differences with their employers (the electorate) would be settled with a short conversation out behind the barn. I don’t have a barn, but know where there are several that we can borrow to educate those that would corrupt our children.
Fantastic! What a supportive and inclusive document that involves all students and their parents/families. Super proud of LCS for providing a safe, inclusive environment for students to learn and be successful.
Time to swap out the Schoolboard for REAL Men and Women.
This is total minority rule of our childern. I would imagine only 10% of our majority Democrat voter base goes along with what is in our Guide as reported in the above article.
Why don’t they just announce the public school system is now run by and for the LGBT community; all others can apostatize or get lost?
The school board leaves themselves open to many lawsuits. The policies effectively end girls sports; violate freedom of speech; violate freedom of religion; and compel speech. Those are only the violations that quickly come to mind.
I would never put my kids in a public school. Letting young men in the young lady’s bathroom…..what could go wrong? The school board is going to totally disregard Gender Dysphoria? What a disgrace our School Board is. May the Lord have mercy on their souls.