“There are a lot of individual bathrooms (in Springfield schools),” Fish said. “There are individual bathrooms in every school building. Bathrooms have just never been a problem.”
She said in each case the student, the student’s family and the school administration have felt the arraignments were fair.
When asked if a fifth-grade student would be allowed to use the opposite gender’s bathroom if he or she said he or she was transgender, Fish said the school would work with the student and did not wish to speculate on hypotheticals.
“We have had real situations and resolved the real situations,” Fish said.
Other school districts around Clark County are examining the ruling and are still deciding how to move forward.
Communication Coordinator Megan Anthony — the spokesperson for Clark Shawnee Local Schools, Greenon Local Schools, Northeastern Local Schools and Tecumseh Local Schools — said officials at those districts are reviewing the ruling and will continue to follow its developments.
Northwestern Local School Superintendent Jesse Steiner declined to comment on whether the school district changed any of its policies regarding students who identify as transgender.
Ohio Attorney General Mike Dewine’s office joined other states in a different lawsuit to stop the Obama administration’s policy from taking effect. Spokesperson Dan Tierney said the state took the action because the office feels those type of decisions should be made locally.
“For our state it has always been about to ensure that decision in Ohio is made locally,” Tierney said. “Ohio has a system where we elect local school boards to make policy decisions such as this.”
The recent court ruling is not final and the United States Supreme Court may ultimately decide whether the policy is federal overreach.