Indian River School Board Opposes Regulation 225

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Indian River School Board Opposes Regulation 225

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Proposed Education Regulation 225 Will Allow Delaware Students To "Self-Identify" Their Gender And Race Without Parent's Knowledge Or Consent

Section 7.4.1 of the proposed regulation allows your school to "consult" (privately) with your child about his/her gender and race.
If you as a parent are perceived to be "unsupportive," your child can take on a new identity without your knowledge, or consent.
There's more; sections - 6.4 will allow for boys to play female sports, and male students may access female restrooms, locker rooms, and overnight accommodations. They simply need to "identify" as female to gain access.
Every student should be valued and treated with respect. Delaware has strong laws to address bullying. 
Compassionate accommodations can and should be extended to students struggling with biological realities in a way that protects the privacy, safety, and dignity of everyone.
Regulation 225 violates the right of parents to care for their children without government intrusion. If a student wants to change his/her gender or race, and the school perceives that the student's parents may not be supportive, the school may bypass the parents (see section 7.3.1 of Regulation 225). 
Regulation 225 fails to protect the privacy and safety of all students. Students may claim or "self-identify" as the opposite gender at any time and have access to the locker rooms, showers, restrooms, overnight accommodations, and any school activity (sports team) that is gender specific. 
Additional concerns with Regulation 225:
  •  Section 7.4 says students can self-identify their gender or race.
  •  Sections 7.3.1 – 7.4.1 uses the word “may,” meaning the school may disregard and bypass the parents altogether if the school (and who is that exactly?) perceives that the parent is “not supportive” (a non-ally) of the student in their new gender or race. 
  •  Sections 5.1 and 5.2 are completely subjective and create all sorts of opportunities for perceived discrimination as well as the avoidance of teaching certain historical and scientific facts. In addition, they usher in gender identity curriculum, and if one pushes back on it, it will be deemed discriminatory. It's clear that any kind of affirmation of a child’s biological sex can be construed as discriminatory, even telling a student about a scholarship opportunity (section 10.5).
  •  Sections - 6.4 allow for boys to play female sports. 6.4 opens up all contact sports, based on the definition of gender, which is however one identifies.
  •  Section 8.0  mentions student privacy like it's an afterthought.
  •  Sections 1.3 and 10.4 make this regulation a requirement.
The public has until December 4th to comment to the Delaware Department of Education (DDOE).