Vermillion Gives First Reading To Transgender Bathroom Policy

Vermillion Gives First Reading To Transgender Bathroom Policy

The Vermillion School Board is moving forward with a transgender restroom and locker room policy.

During a special meeting Tuesday night, the Vermillion School Board, on a three to two vote, gave first reading approval to a transgender policy that will permit a student to use the restroom or locker room for the gender with which they consistently, persistently, and insistently identify.

Many Vermillion community members spoke on both sides of the issue at the meeting Tuesday once again. Matt Fairholm is a biology professor at USD, and questions the need for the policy…

Mike Thelen supports the policy change…

The issue became the focus of attention by the school board recently when Vermillion School Superintendent Damon Alvey told them that from time to time, requests are received for students to be able to use bathrooms opposite of their birth gender.

The Vermillion School Board will discuss the issue again, and have a possible second reading, at their regular meeting Monday evening.