Grayson County Public Schools adopts new policy over bathroom use by transgender students

Published: May. 20, 2016 at 7:50 PM EDT
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Students in Grayson County will now only be allowed to use the bathrooms and locker rooms of the gender listed on their birth certificates.

The school board met Friday night and voted 5-0 approving a new 2-page policy over the issue.

District 40 State Senator Bill Carrico presented the policy to the board, which was supported by the Alliance Defending Freedom.

The policy is in response to the U.S. Department of Justice and U.S. Department of Education's joint letter to all public schools allowing students to use whatever bathroom or locker room they identify with.

According to the policy, "'Sex' means an individual's immutable biological sex as objectively determined by anatomy and genetics existing at the time of birth. An individual's original birth certificate may be relied upon as a definitive evidence of the individual's sex."

As for students who wish to have more privacy or use another gender's bathroom, the policy says the student, "May submit a request to the principal for access to alternative facilities. The principal shall evaluate these requests on a case-by-case basis and shall, to the extent reasonable, offer options for alternate facilities, which may include, but are not limited to: access to a single-stall restroom; access to a uni-sex restroom; or controlled use of an employee restroom, locker room, or shower. In no event shall the accommodation be access to a facility....that is designated for use by members of the opposite sex while students of the opposite sex are present or could be present."

Presently, the school district has no transgender students according to Superintendent Kelly Wilmore.

To read the entire police, click the link to the PDF attached to the right of this article.