Chicago Public Schools (CPS) on Wednesday launched a new rule requiring all schools to eliminate biological science-based toilet designations, meaning male or female, and instead allow all students to use the toilet. toilets that match their gender identity.
CPC called the mandate, which will affect both students and staff, “a big step forward for gender equity.”
ICYMI: We are asking all schools to adopt new signage to make our washrooms more inclusive. This is a big step forward for gender equality for our students and staff. pic.twitter.com/4JPBdd1jQy
– CPS – Chicago Public Schools (@ChiPubSchools) November 30, 2021
“All CPS students and staff will have fair and equitable access to sanitation facilities that match their gender identity,” CPS Title IX officer Camie Pratt said in a video message, adding that the new requirement is a step towards “more inclusive and united schools”. “
Pratt explained the new requirement:
One change that will be implemented this school year concerns our school toilets. Under new federal guidelines, all CPS students and staff will have fair and equitable access to sanitation facilities that match their gender identity. We will be providing all schools with updated signage that will make our bathrooms more inclusive. It will identify the devices available in each break room and make it clear that all break rooms are open to anyone who feels comfortable.
Examples of signs to use:
- “It’s a gender neutral toilet with multiple stalls. It is open to users of any gender identity or expression.
- “Men +: These toilets have both urinals and stalls. Anyone who feels comfortable is welcome to use this toilet.
- “Women +: These toilets have stalls. Anyone who feels comfortable is welcome to use this toilet.
“Staff will continue to have dedicated staff toilets,” added Pratt.
She said the CPS Office of Student Protections and Title IX “is working on a long-term plan to create more permanent signage” for bathrooms.
Some Twitter users commented on the new rule, including one who asked, “Who makes these ridiculous decisions? “
My daughters won’t feel comfortable sharing a bathroom with boys. Who makes these ridiculous decisions? Who makes sure girls aren’t harassed or intimidated in these stalls? Where can my child get privacy to make sure no boy will try to look at her while she is in a stall?
– Daisy Peters (@ Dc5_2001) December 1, 2021
What is the CPS doing to accommodate girls who might not feel comfortable using the toilet with a boy in the cabin next door?
– Say the quiet part out loud (@margeesha) November 30, 2021
Yes, the biggest problem facing Chicago public schools today.
– James L. (@jimlvail) November 30, 2021
What about fairness for the people who don’t feel comfortable with it? How about someone focused on providing a nutritional school menu for students. Have you seen the lunch menu lately ??? My children send me pictures of the free lunch and it’s sad.
– Leticia Rosales (@ lety76_msl) December 1, 2021