By Associated Press - Friday, March 11, 2016

LARAMIE, Wyo. (AP) - Parents and community members in Albany are calling for students to be required to use school facilities that correspond to their gender assigned at birth.

More than 500 people have signed a petition presented to Albany County School District No. 1 Board of Education on Wednesday that calls for the district to adopt a policy restricting the use of locker rooms and bathrooms to a person’s biological sex, according to The Laramie Boomerang (https://bit.ly/1RblJ5B ).

Parent Roni Johnson, who introduced the petition, said without such a policy there could be an increase in bullying, assault and rape.

“I do understand that we do have hurting boys and girls and that you’re considering accommodating a handful of these students that are wanting this,” she said. “But I am also very concerned - what about the rights of my son? What about the rights of other people’s children?”

The petition comes as the district is considering policies for transgender and gender non-conforming students. Two draft policies were released to the public in December. One does not require students to use school facilities conflicting with their gender identity while the other does. Both drafts allow for alternative arrangements at a student’s request such as separate changing areas or a private restroom.



Both draft policies require districts to keep students’ transgender status confidential, teachers to address students by their preferred name and pronouns and permit students to dress according to their gender identity.

The board plans to discuss the policy at an April 23 retreat, Superintendent Jubal Yennie said.

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Information from: Laramie Boomerang, https://www.laramieboomerang.com

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