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Worthington Schools Statement

Statement Regarding the General Assembly’s Recent Attack on LGBTQ+ Students:

 

As leaders in Worthington City Schools, whose duty it is to make sure EVERY student feels safe, respected and included, we are deeply disappointed that the General Assembly has chosen to defy the governor, medical community, the Ohio High School Athletic Association, LGBTQ+ community, and parents of trans kids to target an already vulnerable group of Ohio's children. All children, including our transgender students, want and deserve an educational experience that includes learning, friendships, clubs and often times, athletics.

 

Worthington Schools students and families can be assured our commitment to student safety and well-being remains unwavering.  This is true even though the work will become more difficult in less than 90 days when House Bill 68 goes into effect and with the proposal of additional unnecessary legislation targeting our LGTBQ+ community.  

 

Counselors are available to our trans students to provide additional support during this difficult time. It is critical that every Worthington Schools student knows they are an important part of our diverse community and never feels discriminated against or marginalized. The never-ending work to foster that inclusivity and sense of belonging across the district will continue despite this recent setback.

 

We want our transgender students to know – We support you. We love you. You belong.

 

Worthington Board of Education Members:  President Nikki Hudson, Vice President Kelli Davis, Jennifer Best, Amber Epling-Skinner, Stephanie Harless

Superintendent: Dr. Trent Bowers