Palatine school district to consider giving trans students open access to locker rooms

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PALATINE — The Palatine-Schaumburg High School District 211 board will be considering removing the policy that forced transgender students to use privacy stalls in school locker rooms.

The Daily Herald of Arlington Heights reported that the board will meet to discuss the possible change at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 19. The meeting will take place at Palatine High School, 1111 N. Rohlwing Road in Palatine. They are expecting a large audience.

The Herald said the announcement comes hours after a court refused to dismiss a lawsuit from a former student over the issue. Superintendent Dan Cates told the newspaper that the discussion was planned before the ruling.

The proposal would be revisited at the Oct. 17 meeting, according to the Herald. That is the earliest date a change can be approved.

“Today is a long-deserved victory for Student A, Nova Maday, and every student who is transgender who has ever walked the halls of a District 211 high school,” said Ghirlandi Guidetti, staff attorney with the ACLU of Illinois, in a statement. “After years of resisting, we are pleased to see the district’s leadership has recognized that students who are transgender deserve to be treated fairly and equally in every way, and deserve dignity and respect in all aspects of their lives.”

The ACLU has been representing trans students in lawsuits against the district over the locker room policies, which have been going on for years. At group of parents opposed to trans-friendly policies dropped their lawsuit against the district in April.

In July, Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker signed an executive order directing the state education department to support transgender students.

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