RCSB Official To Talk Policy
Breeden To Address ‘Misleading’ Claims
HARRISONBURG — Rockingham County School Board Chairman Dan Breeden will lead a press conference this morning to address “misleading” claims that he said have been made about board policies.
Breeden would not give specifics about what policies would be discussed during the public event, scheduled for 9 a.m. this morning at the Rockingham County School Board Office, 100 Mount Clinton Pike.
“The board is going to address some issues that we feel have been put out there through the various outlets that are misleading with regard to public school policy in Rockingham County [Schools],” Breeden said by phone Thursday. “I as chair initiated this to reassure the public and to just issue some reminders of what our actual approach to things are.”
Breeden would not confirm if the division’s harassment policies would be discussed. The identical policies — one for the student handbook and one for the staff handbook — have come under fire by District 3 board candidate Dave Briggman.
The policies take aim at harassment based on race, color, national origin, religion, sex, gender, marital or economic status, age, disability or veteran status.
Briggman argues that the documents overstep bounds for specifically offering protection to transgender students and faculty because similar language does not appear in Virginia law.
Unless the state extends discrimination protections to transgender individuals, the board’s hands are tied in doing so in its policy, Briggman said.
Schools officials have denied claims that the policies violate state law.
“[The press conference] is going to be about a variety of things; all of it will be policy things,” Breeden said. “I’m not going to be mentioning anyone by name.”
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