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Chicago Public Schools End Gender Restrooms to Promote ‘Gender Equity’

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.”

“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? “



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