Idaho Community Divided Over School District Transgender Policy

Via the Idaho Mountain Express

Blaine County residents came out in droves to voice support for and opposition to a newly developed Blaine County School District policy that would protect transgender and gender-nonconforming students during the school board’s regular meeting in Hailey on Tuesday, May 14.

The policy, which was up for discussion last week and may be formally voted on at the board’s July 12 meeting, covers issues facing transgender students in the district’s schools, from discrimination and inclusion in school activities such as sports and physical education to accommodations for restroom and locker-room options.

The new policy, developed by the district’s Policy Committee over the past several months, is intended to comply with state and federal laws requiring all district programs and services to be free of discrimination and to “create a safe learning environment for all students and to ensure that every student has equal access to all school programming and activities.”