By CCDF, 12-22-22
|BREAKING NEWS! In October the Florida State Board of Education (SBE) adopted several administrative rules that protect the safety of students and parental rights in Florida schools. |
One such rule is 6A-10.086, which is the School Board and Charter School Governing Board Policies or Procedures for Parental Notification Regarding Designation of Bathrooms, Locker Rooms, and Dressing Rooms. This rule requires that any policies or procedures adopted and implemented by a school district must be consistent with the Parent’s Bill of Rights; must ensure the health, safety, and welfare of students; and that parents must be notified and fully informed if a school allows for separation of bathrooms or locker rooms based on criteria other than biological sex at birth.
Rule 6A-10.086 was passed by unanimous vote of the SBE, and “protects the fundamental rights of parents to ensure they are fully informed of how bathrooms are designated and how locker rooms are supervised.” Not only is this rule protecting parental rights in education and promoting district transparency, it is also ensuring the health, safety, and welfare of students who use bathrooms or locker rooms while at school.
This is an encouraging win for parents and students across the state of Florida. Two Florida school districts, Brevard Public Schools (BPS) and Miami-Dade County Public Schools (M-DCPS), are already in compliance with the new Florida SBE rules.
The School Board of BPS recently discussed 6A-10.086 at a public meeting, with District 5 Board Member, Katye Campbell, explaining the details of the new rule, how it will impact the district, and that it is time to clarify with district staff that the Board intends to comply with the new rules. A majority of the Board supported moving in this direction.
M-DCPS has distributed an internal memorandum to their school principals indicating that signage is in place to designate certain areas by biological sex at birth. The newly elected Miami-Dade School Board members, including Roberto Alonso and Monica Colucci, worked closely with district administration to ensure compliance with the SBE’s new rule.
If your child is a student in the state of Florida, we encourage you to contact your school district and ensure that they are in compliance with the Florida State Board of Education rule 6A-10.086. God Bless, CCDF-USA Are you following us online? Subscribe and share our message to help spread awareness!
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