Arlington Co. Schools likely to implement transgender-inclusive policies

ARLINGTON, Va. (FOX 5 DC) -- At a school board meeting Tuesday night, Arlington County school leaders briefed the board on a plan to implement a series of policies aimed at including transgender students.

The policies would allow transgender students to use the bathrooms and locker rooms that match their gender identities. It would also allow transgender students to participate on sports teams consistent with the genders with which they identify.

Many people spoke out Tuesday night in support of the policies, but the Arlington Parent Coalition presented findings of a survey the group did which they say shows the majority of students are against the new provisions.

A schools spokesman told FOX 5 the ultimate decision is left up to the superintendent, who is likely to institute the policy, which could go into effect by July 1.

The transgender-inclusive policies are being discussed at the same time a federal complaint has been filed by students in Connecticut, who claim their state's policy creates disadvantages for them in track and field.