District 211 granting privacy requests ahead of inclusive locker room policy

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PALATINE — Palatine-Schaumburg High School District 211 have said they have granted every locker room privacy request ahead of the new transgender-inclusive policy starting today.

District 211 spokesman Tom Petersen told the Daily Herald of Arlington Heights that 33 requests for additional privacy were received initially, but after discussions with district staff, 22 of them were voluntarily withdrawn by the families who’d made them.

He said granting the requests simply meant finding spaces other than the main locker rooms.

The District 211 school board voted 5-2 last November to open up the locker room policy. Previously, trans students had been required to use private changing rooms.

The Daily Herald reported that Vicki Wilson of Palatine, who co-founded the citizens group Students and Parents for Privacy four years ago when the legal battles over the policy started, remains critical of the district’s policy.

“What the district is doing is completely downplaying their decision to make all the locker rooms coed,” Wilson said. “And the options provided to the non-transgender students are not equal to all the options provided to the transgender students, and that’s wrong.”

Illinois law requires school districts to have policies to protect trans students.

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