Fort Mill schools Superintendent Chuck Epps has stated that their schools will not change their current bathroom policy of working on an individual basis with students who have identified themselves as transgender and their parents.
According to the superintendent, transgender students have been able to use an alternate restroom, such as a nurse’s restroom or a faculty restroom, as long as the schools also offer this option to their non-transgender peers.
Fort Mill’s two high schools currently have ‘a few’ students who identify as transgender, and the school district’s leaders have been told that their current policy of offering alternative bathrooms is still legal.
The Obama administration’s letter stipulates that schools “may not require transgender students to use facilities inconsistent with their gender identity or to use individual-user facilities when other students are not required to do so.”
Fort Mill school district leaders now view the letter as guidance, and not necessarily a forced mandate, although schools that do not abide by the letter could face a loss of federal aid, according to federal officials.