Kettering principal: Won’t change bathrooms if transgender policy flips

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Kettering added a partitions to boys bathrooms over Christmas break.

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Kettering Fairmont High School will continue to operate under current conditions for bathrooms regardless of whether the Trump administration reverses a policy regarding transgender student use of bathrooms, the principal said.

Last month, the Dayton Daily News reported the district added partitions inside boys’ bathrooms to separate the sinks and stalls area — the area a transgender boy would use — from the area that contains a row of four urinals.

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Fairmont Principal Tyler Alexander said the school did not change any rules on restrooms, but “just altered them to create a more private environment for students.”

“I have not seen what President Trump’s administration has said, but we will continue to operate under the same polices we have had in place at Fairmont,” said Tyler Alexander, the school’s principal, in an email.

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Several districts grappled with implementation of the Obama administration transgender bathrooms directive, which President Trump will reportedly revoke, according to a report from the Associated Press.

The guidelines issued in May tell public schools to let transgender students use bathrooms and locker rooms matching their gender identity. The directive required public schools to grant bathroom access even if the student’s gender identity isn’t the same as what’s in the student’s record.

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The Associated Press and News Center 7’s Caroline Reinwald contributed reporting.

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