Fairfax Co. School Board tables districtwide transgender rules for now

WASHINGTON — Efforts to create districtwide rules to support transgender students are temporarily on hold in the D.C. area’s largest school system.

The issue was supposed to be discussed during a Fairfax County School Board work session Thursday, but that discussion has been canceled.

It’s not clear how soon the issue will be brought up again.

The main reason is a case that’s before the U.S. Supreme Court involving another Virginia school district. In that case, the Gloucester County School Board is trying to prevent a transgender teen, who was born a girl and now identifies as a boy, from using the boys’ restrooms at school.

While it waits for a decision, the Fairfax County Public Schools will continue to accommodate the needs of transgender students at the school on a case-by-case basis.

The Fairfax County School Board voted last year to extend the schools’ nondiscrimination policy to include gender identity, and that change remains in effect.

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