Hearing Tuesday on school bathroom policy

- Posted on Feb 14, 2019 - 10:15 AM

The Gloucester County School Board will hold a public hearing at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday in the T.C. Walker Education Center for discussion on its policy regarding the use of restroom facilities that it adopted in December 2014.

Public comment is expected to be received beginning at 7 o’clock, according to an announcement that was released on the afternoon of Wednesday, Feb. 13.

The board's current policy states the use of male and female restroom and locker room facilities in schools shall be limited to corresponding biological genders, and students with gender identity issues shall be provided an alternative appropriate private facility.

The proposed policy to be discussed Tuesday would allow transgender students to use the restroom consistent with the student's asserted gender identity when the following criteria have been met:

1. The student has appropriate medical documentation from a licensed, treating healthcare provider who specializes in the treatment of transgender individuals;

2. The student has consistently asserted the student's gender identity for a period of at least six months; and

3. The student has undergone treatment recommended by the student's healthcare provider, which may include social transition or hormonal therapy for at least six months.

The board unanimously approved having the public hearing following a closed session with legal counsel during its Feb. 12 meeting.