• 57°

RSS responds to Department of Justice’s letter to school systems

The U.S. Department of Justice and the U.S. Department of Education this morning released a letter to school systems regarding Title IX requirements for transgender students.

The departments state that the letter constitutes “significant guidance.”

“This guidance does not add requirements to applicable law, but provides information and examples to inform recipients about how the departments evaluate whether covered entities are complying with their legal obligations,” it read.

The letter clarifies that transgender students are included under Title IX non-discrimination regulations, which explicitly refer to sex discrimination.

“The departments treat a students’ gender identity as the students’ sex for purposes of Title IX and its implementing regulations,” the letter said.

According to the letter, when a student — or a parent or guardian — notifies the system of a change in gender identity, the school system must comply. The student is to be allowed to use the bathroom or locker room that matches their gender identity, included in single-sex classes that match their identity, and be referred to with the name and pronouns specified.

“A school may not require transgender students to use facilities inconsistent with their gender identity or to use individual-user facilities when other students who are not required to do so,” the letter said.

The Rowan-Salisbury School System responded with an e-mailed release early Friday afternoon.

“We must provide all our students with a welcoming, supportive school environment.  We will work with our transgender students in compliance with state law and in a way that considers the privacy of all our students,” Rowan-Salisbury Schools Public Information Officer Rita Foil said in the release.

Comments

Crime

Concord man charged with woman’s murder in drive-by shooting

Ask Us

Ask Us: Have city, county elected officials received COVID-19 vaccine?

Local

City gives away nearly 100 trees during ‘We Dig Salisbury’ event

Local

Political Notebook: Bitzer expects most ‘Trump-like’ candidate to be favorite in state’s Senate race

Crime

Blotter: Concord man arrested in Rowan for indecent liberties with children

Coronavirus

Half of US adults have received at least one COVID-19 shot

Nation/World

Police: FedEx shooter legally bought guns used in shooting

News

Hester Ford, oldest living American, dies at 115 … or 116?

Local

Size of pipeline spill again underestimated in North Carolina

BREAKING NEWS

Kannapolis Police searching for suspect who fled scene of homicide

Education

RSS superintendent talks district’s future, strategic plan survey

News

Complaints and fines pile up against unpermitted landfill in southwest Rowan County

College

Catawba baseball: Crowd comes out to say goodbye to Newman Park

Lifestyle

History is a great teacher: Farming has helped shape Rowan County

Business

‘A safe place for them’: Timeless Wigs and Marvelous Things celebrates fifth anniversary

China Grove

County will hear request for more tree houses, hobbit-style homes in China Grove

Coronavirus

Livingstone College partners with Health Department to administer 500 Pfizer vaccinations

Education

‘Elite and it shows’: Staff at Partners in Learning at Novant celebrate news of national accreditation

Business

Biz Roundup: Food Lion earns Energy Star award for 20th consecutive year

Columns

Ester Marsh: What body type are you?

Nation/World

The queen says goodbye to Philip, continues her reign alone

Nation/World

Worldwide COVID-19 death toll tops a staggering 3 million

Nation/World

US, China agree to cooperate on climate crisis with urgency

Nation/World

Sikh community calls for gun reforms after FedEx shooting