School district tries to keep field-trip transgender sleeping arrangements from parents

From The Washington Times

By Bradford Richardson

A Maryland school district is instructing teachers and administrators not to tell parents if their daughters are bunking with male transgender students on overnight field trips.

Bob Mosier, chief communications officer for the Anne Arundel County public school system, says in a training video on how to accommodate transgender students that privacy issues prevent the district from informing parents about such arrangements.

“So, many of you might be asking yourselves, ‘So I’m at an overnight field trip, and I have student who’s biologically a male, identifies as a female, and we’ve worked with that student and her family, and that student wants to sleep in the dorms, or whatever sleeping arrangements are, with the females,’” Mr. Mosier says in a video of the training session. “‘They don’t want to sleep in a room by themselves, they want to sleep with the rest of the females. So what do we do?’”

Members of the cheer squad applaud during a ceremonial opening of a gender-neutral restroom at Nathan Hale high school in Seattle earlier this year.

Members of the cheer squad applaud during a ceremonial opening of a gender-neutral restroom at Nathan Hale high school in Seattle earlier this year.

“And the answer is, they sleep with the females,” he said. “That’s not the easy answer; it’s the right answer. And in some cases, it’s going to cause issues, because … the private information piece doesn’t allow you to share that with parents of all of the other campers. Right? So that’s difficult.”

Video of the training session was uploaded by the school district on July 12. In the video, Mr. Mosier says the meeting was conducted in June.

Anne Arundel County comprises Annapolis and several other neighborhoods south of Baltimore. The school district serves approximately 80,000 students.

 

he training session came in response to an Obama administration order in May compelling public schools nationwide to regulate bathrooms and locker rooms on the basis of gender identity rather than biological sex. Noncompliant schools run the risk of losing millions in federal education funding.

But that order was halted Sunday, when a federal judge in Texas granted a preliminary injunction blocking the edict’s implementation nationwide.

Two coalitions of states, totaling 24 in all, have sued the administration over the mandate, arguing it violates administrative procedure rules and misinterprets federal laws barring sex discrimination, such as Title IX.

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