Area school districts respond to U.S. bathroom directive

Obama administration issuing bathroom directive to public schools

CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) - The Obama administration is moving toward issuing a sweeping directive on the issue of transgender bathroom use in public schools. The directive will tell all public school districts to allow students to use the bathroom that match their gender identity. It won't carry the force of law, but contains an implicit threat of possible lawsuits or loss of federal aid.

Area school districts issued responses on the directive.

From Cleveland Metropolitan School District:
Even prior to the President's directive, transgender students in CMSD schools were already permitted to use facilities matching their gender identity.
Today's directive simply affirms a belief we already hold about supporting and protecting all CMSD students in learning environments that are free from intimidation or discrimination.

From Mentor Schools:
Mentor Schools' top priority is to provide a safe and secure learning environment in which children can grow academically, socially, and emotionally. Even though our student population encompasses more than 7,600 students, Mentor Schools continues to work with individual students and their families on a wide variety of social and emotional needs. Our district will continue to follow civil rights laws and support all of our students. 

From Lakewood Schools:
The district has already been following the practices set out in the U.S. Department of Education's directive with no issues.

From Akron Schools:
We follow the federally required guidelines which is to let the student go to the restroom based on his/her gender identity. We also offer (but it's up to the student and parents) a separate single stall restroom if they prefer this.

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