CCPS reviewing directive on transgender bathrooms
— Cecil County Public Schools is not yet taking a stance on the U.S. Department of Education’s recent directive telling public schools that transgender students should be allowed to use the bathroom that matches their gender identity.
“We are currently in the process of studying the specific contents of the letter, and will then compare it to the guidance already given to us by the Maryland State Department of Education,” Superintendent D’Ette
Devine said in a statement. “Currently, CCPS does not have a specific policy which addresses this topic and we must develop a better understanding regarding the scope of the mandate before we make any recommendations to the Board of Education.”
The school system’s response comes after the DOE on Friday sent out a letter to all public schools giving guidance on the treatment of transgender students.
“When a school provides sex-segregated activities and facilities, transgender students must be allowed to participate in such activities and access such facilities consistent with their gender identity,” the letter states.
The letter is not considered an executive order or a regulation but merely “significant guidance,” which effectively notifies schools about how the federal government interprets existing laws — in this case, Title IX, a comprehensive federal law that prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex in any federally funded education or activity.
But while the letter does not have the force of law, it
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Although Cecil County Public Schools has yet to take a stance on new guidelines regarding bathroom use by transgender students, Cecil College created six gender neutral bathrooms earlier this month.