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Sequim schools to re-look at transgender policy

July 25th, 2014 - 5:32am

(SEQUIM)-- On August 4th, the Sequim School Board will meet to rehash the transgender policy issues mandated by Washington State.

State law requires public school districts to have policies in place that prohibit discrimination against transgender students.

The school board took a first look at a proposed policy for the Sequim School District earlier this week, and decided to re-visit it again in two weeks.

Sequim School Superintendent, Kelly Shea pointed out that passing a policy is only one half of the issue. Shea he says as superintendent, it was his job to implement procedures that would adequately address the needs of transgender students as well as the other students in the school.

Last year, Shea says two students identified themselves as transgender. So far, only use of the restrooms and locker rooms to change for gym class have been an issue. No transgender participation in school athletics or other after school activities has occurred.

Shea indicated that dealing with transgender procedures was something he dealt with last year, even before the new state mandated policy was an issue.

Shea says the district is trying to respond to a lot of community concern on the issue. He says it appears most people are supportive of the non-discrimination policy of the state's law, but are perplexed on the practical matters of providing extra facilities so that all students are properly accommodated.

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