All public and charter schools in Florida must segregate restrooms by sex, the Florida Board of Education has determined.
The board voted unanimously in favor of separating boys from girls in restroom usage at its meeting on Wednesday.
The vote appears to follow Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis’ efforts to keep woke policies from tearing down distinctions between the sexes and promoting an aggressive LGBTQ agenda.
As reported by The Free Press, the new regulation also mandates that schools tell parents if their bathrooms and locker rooms allow the sexes to mix. If that happens, schools also must spell out their supervision procedures for students.
Meanwhile, chaperones, such as coaches or teachers’ aides, might be stationed in locker rooms where transgender kids are allowed to change according to their asserted gender identity.
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“What this rule does is make sure that if a school implements a policy or procedure for specific designations for locker rooms or bathrooms or dressing rooms that parents have a right to know,” interim Education Commissioner Jacob Oliva said.
“And that we are transparent about the procedures that are happening in our schools.”
Nikole Parker of the left-wing Equality Florida noted that the new rule fed the “stigma” against” LGBTQ students and that the Education Department must end “these ridiculous bathroom predator myths.”
“Inclusivity, love, and acceptance is what our transgender and LGBTQ+ students need. Not separation and hate.”
Parker apparently seemed unconcerned about the plight of young girls who might object to being forced to undress in front of a male claiming to be a transgender woman.