For the first time, a policy aimed at gender equality in the Eau Claire school district is taking effect. Back in April the district amended its equal education policy to designate transgender students as a protected class. This week that policy revision takes effect for the first time. FOX 25/48’s Jessica Bringe has the story.
This week, transgender students will be considered a protected class under the Eau Claire area school district’s equal education policy.
“What’s most important is that we work individually with every child and every family to make the accommodation that’s most appropriate for them and to protect their safety and their privacy.”
The school board approved the move in April while just last week a federal judge in Texas blocked rules intended to allow transgender students to use the restroom of their choice.
“There are currently developments at the federal level, pieces that we do need to remain cognizant of but really if we focus on the student interest here and everything we do making sure we’re protecting all of our students.”
Despite the national attention the district says it’s still considering how to shape the guidelines locally to meet student’s needs.
“Due to the fluid nature that we’re in at this point we’re really looking for direction from the state as well as from the national level in terms of really sitting down and saying, “what are those guidelines? What should they look and sound like?”
The district says starting this year transgender students will be able to use the bathroom they identify with but written guidelines and staff trainings remain in the works.
“In lieu of having just the right answers, what’s much more important to us is that we work with our students and all our families on a case to case basis. We treat each family, each child, with respect and dignity and we meet their needs the best that we can with what we have.”
Jessica Bringe FOX 25/48 News at 9.