The Greece Central School District has changed its new locker room policy in response to feedback from students.
The district says locker rooms at all of its secondary schools (grades 6-12) are now available to students who choose to change for physical education class.
Locker rooms were closed for the week of school, prompting students to express the challenges of changing in bathroom stalls.
The district released the following statement Thursday morning:
Locker rooms at all Greece Central secondary schools are available to students who choose to change for physical education (PE) classes. District leaders announced the change today in response to feedback received from students.
The district this year instituted a new practice that gives students the option of changing for PE class. Locker rooms were closed for the first week of school. Students reported challenges with changing in restrooms and, as of this morning, the locker rooms are available for students who choose to change clothes.
“We are a district that honors student voice,” said Superintendent Kathleen Graupman. “We will continue to evaluate the new practice throughout the school year make adjustments when necessary.”
By giving students options, the district hopes to increase participation in PE, decrease anxiety related to body image, and create consistency districtwide.
The school district says secondary students were notified of the change Thursday morning and parents will be informed via automated phone calls Thursday afternoon.