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Fairfax Co. Schools Includes Gender Identity in Nondiscrimination Policy

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    Northern Virginia bureau reporter David Culver talks to both sides after a raucous Fairfax County School Board meeting. (Published Friday, May 8, 2015)

    The Fairfax County School Board voted Thursday to change its nondiscrimination policy to include gender identity.

    That policy already included age, race, national origin, disability and religion. In November, the board added protections based on sexual orientation.

    FCPS Votes for Gender Identity Protections

    [DC] FCPS Votes for Gender Identity Protections
    The Fairfax County School Board voted Thursday to change its nondiscrimination policy to include gender identity.
    (Published Friday, May 8, 2015)

    While the boad voted overwhelmingly in favor of the change, the crowd at the meeting was largely opposed to it.

    "The decision by the school board to add 'gender identity' to our nondiscrimination policy is to provide an environment which promotes equality where every student and employee is treated with dignity and respect," read a statement from School Board Chair Tamara Derenak Kaufax. "This tells our students and staff that school and the FCPS workplace are places where they can be safe from harassment and discrimination."

    Attorney General Mark Herring said in March school boards have the authority to include gender identity in nondiscrimination policies

    Supporters said the change would be a powerful statement of acceptance from the school district.

    Fairfax Co. Schools Includes Gender Identity in Nondiscrimination Policy

    [DC] Fairfax Co. Schools Includes Gender Identity in Nondiscrimination Policy
    Things got rowdy Thursday as the Fairfax County School Board voted to protect transgender students and staff from discrimination. David Culver reports.
    (Published Thursday, May 7, 2015)

    Some opponents voiced concerns that a policy change could lead to mixed-sex bathrooms.

    The school district will hire a consultant to help plan policies, including bathroom use and locker rooms.

    Fairfax County Schools Consider Gender Identity Policy

    [DC] Fairfax County Schools Consider Gender Identity Policy
    Northern Virginia Bureau Reporter David Culver explains the issue on gender identity that's before the Fairfax County School Board Thursday night.
    (Published Thursday, May 7, 2015)

    Several other Virginia school districts have recently had to decide what to do about transgender students. In Stafford County, an elementary school permitted a transgender fourth-grader to use the bathroom of the gender with which the child identified, until some parents complained.

    In March, the Stafford County school board responded by approving a superintendent's directive giving that student two choices: The bathroom that matched the student's sex assigned at birth or an adult restroom in the school.

    Now a group called "Save our Schools" is urging the Stafford school board to formally bar any mixed-sex restrooms.