LGBTQIA+ staff, Family of LGBTQIA+ students, LGBTQIA+ family members and allies in the school and community joining together for a public school system in Fairfax County and City in which each person is welcome, safe and respected regardless of their gender identity, sexual orientation, or gender expression.
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LGBTQIA+ books returned to FCPS library circulation:
The books which were removed from circulation from our school libraries in September, Gender Queer: A Memoir by Maia Kobabe and Lawn Boy by Jonathan Evison were returned to circulation today, November 30, 2021 after following the usual FCPS review process for challenged materials.
There has been an appeal to the superintendent to change that decision and remove the books. The step beyond that is an appeal to the school board.
Here is a link to the Washington Post articles on the return to and earlier removal from circulation:
Schools adopt updated guidelines to protect transgender students at meeting that drew dueling protests
****Breaking June 22, 2021: Trans, non-binary, gender-non-conforming and other gender-expansive students have new rights and supports in FCPS.
FCPS welcomes LGBTQIA+ students and lists the rights and supports of Trans and Gender-Expansive students on this new webpage.
Support for Gender-Expansive and Transgender Students
The right to access restroom and locker room facilities and other non-stigmatizing accommodations that are consistent with the student’s gender identity;
The right to non-disclosure of gender identity and/or sexual orientation unless required by law;
The right to be called by chosen names and pronouns;
The right to internally generated and shared school lists of students (e.g., honor roll, graduation programs, yearbooks, school newspapers) that identify students by their chosen names and genders.
The right to receive support to ensure safe and equitable access to all school and FCPS facilities and activities.
Editorial note: the right to “shared schools lists” includes the right to have their chosen name appear in their school email accounts and on online platforms such as Google Meets and Schoology
Students or parents/guardians with questions about accessing supports for gender-expansive and transgender students should contact their school counselor, psychologist, social worker, or the FCPS Ombudsman. Parents/guardians can also contact the FCPS Parent Resource Center.
Editorial note: The “ FCPS Ombudsman” is an anonymous problem-solver for anyone in FCPS (students, staff, parents). If you are encountering difficulty with getting any of these rights through, just call the Office of the Ombudsman or submit the form, and they will help fix it. The office is really the go-to place when you encounter barriers.
Students may initiate any of these rights by contacting their counselor, or, if the counselor, is out for the summer, the Principal or the Ombudsman.
The members of FCPS Pride, staff and families, welcome and applaud the groundbreaking steps that Fairfax County Public Schools is undertaking to ensure that all students, including trans and gender-expansive students, are welcome, safe, and respected in our schools, from K to 12. We look forward to further action by the school board and administration to ensure that LGBTQIA+ students, staff and families are fully included in our school community.
As one student said, “Does this mean I won’t be treated like a second-class child anymore?” One parent said “It’s been hard negotiating every year for my child’s rights in school. Now I know that my child and I have the full support of the school.”
****Breaking July 27, 2021–Lynchburg Court supports trans students and disallows lawsuits against the Model Policies for the Treatment of Transgender Students in Virginia’s Public Schools
***Breaking, June 30, 2021–U.S. Supreme Court allows the rights of trans student to use restrooms (which align with their gender) in public schools to continue. This is Gavin Grimm’s case decided by the 4th Circuit Court of appeals and applies to public (and private school which are not restricted to students of a single religion) schools in the Virginias, the Carolinas and Maryland (but not DC). There is a chance similar cases will make it to the Supreme Court eventually (see Drew Adams v. St. John School Board, which is awaiting a ruling from the 11th circuit in Atlanta; but this is a great victory, and its anticipation was an enabling factor in FCPS publishing Regulation 2603.
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