Madison School District 321 issues statement on transgender bathrooms.

On May 23, the Madison County School District 321 superintendent released a statement regarding transgender bathrooms in their public schools.

The statement shared on the district’s Facebook page stated that in the past students identifying as transgender have been permitted to use the single occupancy faculty restrooms.

“We feel providing faculty restrooms for transgender students is a reasonable accommodation and (we) will continue to implement this practice with transgender students moving forward,” according to the statement.

Most of the student population is not transgender and deserve safety and privacy in the bathroom as well, according to the statement.

“Every child in our district has the right to use restrooms without worry or concern for their privacy,” according to the statement.

The issue of transgender bathrooms has been debated for several months and President Barack Obama and the Federal Department of Education released a letter to clarify school’s Title IX responsibilities to avoid discriminating against students.

“The Departments treat a student’s gender identity as the student’s sex for purposes of Title IX and its implementing regulations,” according to the letter. “This means that a school must not treat a transgender student differently from the way it treats other students of the same gender identity.”

The letter states that transgender students must not be forced to use single occupancy bathrooms without that option being available to all students.

“Regardless of the eventual legal outcome, The Board of Trustees of Madison 321 and I want to reassure you of our determined position on this matter and that the safety of all of our students in every setting is first and foremost our principal responsibility,” according to the school district’s statement.

The superintendent was not available for further comment on the issue.

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