Loudoun County Public Schools (LCPS) have taken a number of steps to ensure the safety and well-being of their students and staff. This includes providing LGBTQ resources for informational purposes only, not as a recommendation or endorsement from Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) or the FCPS Family Resource Center. It is important to contact locations directly for rates, availability and if they meet your needs. Recently, HB 1434 was proposed to prevent trans children from being recognized as who they are in school.
This sparked a demonstration and march at Luther Jackson High School in Falls Church, organized by FCPS Pride. The Fairfax County school board and Fairfax County public school officials announced that they had removed books from school libraries to re-evaluate their suitability for high school students. Glenn Youngkin, the Democrat from Manassas who is also running for the state Senate, noted that the guidelines “comply with the Equal Protection Clause, Title IX and the VHRA (the Virginia Human Rights Act) and that “local school boards are required to adopt policies that are consistent with them”. These policies are being debated in districts across the state and have already been adopted by Spotsylvanian County public schools.
Loudoun County has 17 middle schools, all of which are usually part of a single high school today or in the near future. Newer high schools built since 1995, when Farmwell Station opened, usually have a capacity of 1,200 to 1,350 students, depending on the age of the building and how fast it grew around the school in question when the school opened its doors. There are also a few rural elementary schools in Loudoun County, almost all in the western part of the county. The School Board makes decisions related to the school's policy and curriculum, but receives funding through the Board of Supervisors.
A team of appropriate school staff and other caregivers should work with the student's parents or with the eligible student to identify and implement reasonable accommodations or modifications (if any), taking into account the resources and staff available in the school and school divisions, as well as the rights and needs of other students and school staff. Of course, this requirement is subject to laws that prohibit the disclosure of information to parents under certain circumstances, such as article 22.1-272.1 (B) of the Virginia Code (which prohibits parental contact when the student is at imminent risk of suicide due to parental abuse or neglect). In addition, Loudoun County's public education system was established in 1870 to meet the needs for free education during Reconstruction after the Civil War. In conclusion, Loudoun County Public Schools have taken several steps to ensure safety for all students, including those who have experienced discrimination.
They have implemented programs and procedures that comply with Equal Protection Clause, Title IX and VHRA. They have also removed books from libraries to re-evaluate their suitability for high school students. In addition, they have established teams of appropriate staff and caregivers to work with students' parents or eligible students to identify reasonable accommodations or modifications.