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On transgender issues, no policy may be best policy for schools

When it comes to transgender issues, having no policy may be the best policy, a small audience was told Tuesday during a community meeting at the Gloucester Library sponsored by Equality Virginia. 

The audience included Gloucester Public Schools Superintendent Walter Clemons and four members of the Gloucester County School Board. During a meeting last month, the board briefly considered a policy that would address gender identity and the use of restrooms and locker rooms. 

During the November meeting, several residents expressed their objection to the cross gender use of facilities, and some suggested designating separate facilities for transgender use. No action was taken, but the board is slated to consider the matter again during its meeting next week.

The issue arose when a female student at Gloucester High School, who self-identifies as a male, requested to use the male facilities. The request was initially handled by the high school but the school board, after being ...

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