[Ed. – Need to know basis … and parents don’t need to know.]
Students will be allowed to use the bathrooms, locker rooms that correspond with their preferred gender identity
Sarasota County Schools plans to release a set of gender guidelines this week that will afford transgender students more security and assurance that they will be identified by and use the bathrooms that correspond with their preferred gender identity.
The guidelines indicate that Sarasota County students will be addressed by the name and gender that they prefer, which do not have to adhere to what is on their birth certificate. All students who want to use the bathroom and locker room that match their “consistently asserted gender identity” will be accommodated in a way that meets their needs and privacy concerns. All schools must have a universal or single stall bathroom, but no student will be forced to use that bathroom, according to the guidelines.
… [A] phrase in the guidelines … implies parents do not have to be involved in the discussion of a child’s gender identity. One part of the document reads: “It is up to the student, and the student alone, to share her/his/their identity.”