A Wisconsin school district will no longer notify parents if their kids begin identifying as transgender at school.
“The Oshkosh Area School District is committed to fostering a safe, supportive and inclusive learning environment for all students,” a memo to staff announced on Oct. 19. “District staff members are no longer required to seek parental consent prior to honoring student requests to be called by their preferred name and/or pronouns.”
The new policy will allow school employees to treat trans kids as members of the opposite sex without informing their parents, which one student’s parent referred to as an “outrageous” change.
“So, if my son starts identifying as a girl at school but hides it from me, I will never know about it?” They questioned.
In an email to parents, the district explained that the “change only impacts how a student who is transgender or gender nonconforming is referred to (name and/or pronouns) during school and school activities.”
The email added that district would work with transgender students and their families “to maintain ongoing communication,” which seems absolutely contrary to the new policy, if teachers no longer have to communicate with parents that their child doesn’t identify as their biological sex.
The only time parents get a say in their kid’s gender, is if they want the student’s name changed in the school’s information database, which requires legal documentation of the switch. Otherwise, the school will allow the student, under their own volition, to submit their preferred name, which can be entered into the database under the “nickname” category.
A similar policy was created at a neighboring school district in Madison last year, but a lawsuit by parents has barred the district from enforcing the policy until a final decision is made in both Wisconsin and federal courts.
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