On Tuesday, the Leon County School Board will address a proposed change to LCS policies and the LCS Inclusive School Guide (Guide) related to which bathrooms students can use and parental rights related to gender issues.
The agenda notes that changes are recommended by Superintendent Hanna based on new rules adopted and published in the Florida Administrative Code and a recent court decision, Adams v. School Board of St. Johns County, Florida.
The new bathroom policy states that all student shall use bathrooms, locker rooms, and dressing rooms based on their biological sex at birth or use a single occupancy bathroom. The Guide requires that “LCS personnel will maintain and monitor bathrooms, locker rooms, and dressing rooms to ensure the safety of all students.”
In support of the change, the Guide states that neither “federal nor Florida state law requires or prohibits schools to allow transgender student access to bathrooms, locker rooms, and dressing rooms corresponding to their gender identity.”
In addition, the Guide notes that a “recent federal appellate court decision upheld a Florida school district’s policy to separate bathrooms based on biological sex at the birth with reasonable accommodations.”
The other change to the Guide relates to student’s right to privacy and parental notification.
The previous guidance stated that “School personnel will not disclose information about a student’s sexual orientation, gender identity, or questions they may have about their sexual orientation or gender identity.”
The recommended change states that a student’s sexual orientation, gender expression or identity should not be shared with others “except parents when required by Florida Statutes.”
Florida Statutes now include the Parents Bill of Rights, which require school officials to notify parents when school officials address certain issues with students.
The Leon County School Board meeting is Tuesday at 6 p.m.