Oppose San Antonio ISD Bathroom Policy At Board Meeting

The San Antonio Independent School District (SAISD) has rushed to enact a dangerous new policy that allows boys access to girls’ showers, lockers, and bathrooms — and vice-versa.

We need parents, students, and taxpayers to attend TONIGHT’S school board meeting at 5:30 PM (more details below) to express their concern that this new policy opens the door to allow students and employees to access the showers, locker rooms, and bathrooms of the opposite sex. The school board MUST put this item on the official agenda for the next board meeting so the board members can make it known to the public the reason and need for this new policy.

CLICK HERE to sign our petition opposing SAISD’s new sexuality and bathroom policy!

The new policy adds “sexual orientation,” “gender identity,” and “gender expression” (these special protections do not exist in state law) to the current non-discrimination policy. The policy appears to apply to faculty, staff, and students, and it applies to instances of “accommodation” and decisions about use of bathroom, showers, and locker rooms.

We believe that SAISD did not give parents and concerned citizens sufficient notice about this issue. The agenda item did not provide adequate detail, nor did it give specific reference to these new words that were added to current school policy: “sexual orientation,” “gender identity,” and “gender expression.”
Here is how you can take action:

1. Make plans to attend the SAISD School Board Meeting tonight Monday, October 9 at 5:30 pm.

In order to speak at the meeting, please arrive no later than 4:00 pm. There will be a sign-up sheet available at 4:30 for those who wish to speak during the “Citizen Presentation,” which will take place at the beginning of the meeting. *You must be physically present to sign-up to speak.*

Wear yellow as in school bus yellow in order to #ProtectChildren, #ProtectChildHealth.

What: San Antonio Independent School District School Board Meeting

When: Monday, October 9 at 5:30 pm (Again, please arrive no later than 4:00 pm if you wish to speak)

Where: David G. Burnet Center
Burnet Board Room
406 Barrera Street
San Antonio, TX 78210 (map here)

2. Sign our petition opposing SAISD’s new sexuality and bathroom policy!

3. Please contact the SAISD School Board Members to express your concern.

Pedro Martinez – Superintendent
Email: PMartinez@saisd.net

Patti Radle – District 5 – President
Email: PRADLE1@saisd.net
Mail: 1202 Tampico St., San Antonio, TX 78207
Phone: 210-225-6913

Arthur V. Valdez – District 4 – Vice President
Email: AVALDEZ1@saisd.net

Debra Guerrero – District 3 – Secretary
Email: dguerrero1@saisd.net

Steve Lecholop – District 1 – Trustee
Email: SLECHOLOP1@saisd.net

James Howard – District 2 – Trustee
Email: howard8@swbell.net
Mail: American Federation of Teachers
6800 Park Ten Blvd., Suite 123-N, San Antonio, TX 78213
Phone: 210-733-9777

Christina Martinez – District 6 – Trustee
Email: CMartinez6@saisd.net

Ed Garza – District 7 – Trustee – Former Mayor of SA
Email: EGARZA8@saisd.net
Phone: 210-355-8565

Sample letter to the SAISD School Board:

Dear ,

I am writing to express my concern for the SAISD Board of Trustees poor choice to unanimously vote to expose girls to naked boys in showers and other facilities.

Your decision goes against common sense and the wisdom of risk avoidance that is utilized when promoting no drinking, no smoking, no texting and driving, etc. Actually, your decision will put girls at risk of pubescent boys and reduce the importance and benefit of the virtue of modesty.

Before it’s too late and someone gets hurt by your bad choice, delay the implementation of your decision until you can get public input from parents and other concerned citizens. You’ve made a politically correct decision, not one based on science and reason or what’s good for the students.

Sincerely,

Concerned Citizen

 

Watch this video of a Citizens to be Heard meeting to hear what citizens of San Antonio and SAISD parents think about the new policy.

Sign the petition!

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