Derby School District To Discuss Transgender Bathroom Policy

Feb 24, 2017

At an upcoming meeting, the Derby board of education will evaluate how to proceed with its current policy regarding bathroom access for transgender students.

Since last May, the Derby school district has, on a case-by-case basis, allowed transgender students to use bathrooms matching their gender identity. But on Wednesday, President Donald Trump revoked existing federal guidelines allowing public schools to do that.

Derby Superintendent Craig Wilford said the district received a letter from the federal government stating that it's now up to the states and the local school districts to determine policies.

"I will be sharing that information with our board of education at an upcoming meeting, and we'll see where they want to go," Wilford says.

A bill called the Student Privacy and Protection Act, introduced in the Kansas Legislature last month, would require students to use facilities according to their gender at birth. The proposal would allow for accommodations to be made for transgender students, including unisex and single-person restrooms.

Wilford says his district has had "no issues" since it began allowing students to use restrooms that correspond with their gender identity.

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