A new training session at the Anne Arundel County Public School District instructing public school teachers in the fine art of maneuvering their new transgender policies is raising the ire of many parents. The Washington Times highlights one portion of the session that took place in June as a particularly disconcerting new policy:
A Maryland school district is instructing teachers and administrators not to tell parents if their daughters are bunking with male students who identify as girls on overnight field trips.
A video of the session was uploaded in mid-July and appears “unlisted” on the school district’s YouTube page. The entire session can be seen here but I’ve cued it up to the exact spot (27 minutes in) so that you can hear Bob Mosier, chief communications officer for Anne Arundel County Public Schools, instructing teachers to allow a young man who identifies as a young woman to sleep in the same quarters as the biological young women and to not reveal this activity to parents:
“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. 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?
“And the answer is, they sleep with the females. 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.”
The title of the instruction program at Anne Arundel Public Schools is “Supporting transgender students in school” and after a cursory review of the video it appears there isn’t much in the session about supporting the non-transgender students or their parents who may have some need for support due to these policies.
Public schools across the country have been scrambling to accommodate the Obama Administration’s dictate that transgender students be allowed access to the facilities of their choice regardless of their biological gender. Individual school districts can implement policies like this despite a federal judge’s temporary block of the Administration’s mandate this week.
The school district claims privacy laws prohibit them from disclosing a student’s gender identity.
“A student’s gender identity is a confidential matter, so if you have a student who identifies as transgender, the staff that are going to know are the staff that are in the immediate need-to-know circle, and we work with the student and the student’s family to determine that,” Mr. Mosier told Fox 5 DC.