NORTH KANSAS CITY, Mo. – A Kansas City-area school district, which garnered national attention when a transgender student was crowned homecoming queen in 2015 has installed gender-neutral restrooms at two new elementary schools and a number of existing locations.
The individual shower cubicles on a Rising Hill Elementary and Northview Elementary in the North Kansas City School District’s two new elementary schools are enclosed with windows from floor to ceiling, walls and lockable doors, the Kansas City Star reported. The toilets still have an open alcove area with a common via sink. Both male and female symbols adorn the same sign on the wall outside the bathroom.
The primary schools opened Wednesday. The neighborhood is also a gender-neutral design in renovated bathrooms on two sixth grade centers in North Kansas City High School.
The district first tried the design in the Northland Innovation Center for gifted students in 2016, a year after one of the district’s four high schools, Oak Park High, crowned a transgender student as homecoming queen.
“We had such positive feedback from students, teachers and parents,” said vault is too high Daniels, the district’s director of organizational development. “Since then we have decided to replicate the concept in a new construction.”
Daniels said the design of the bathroom was a suggestion of a district team consists of parents and pupils.
“Students said that they like these toilets better because they are more private,” Daniels said.
They also said teachers can better supervise the students, because they can stand in the common area and the bathrooms are in use.
While the district does not have a policy of gender-neutral toilet, “we have a policy of non-discrimination,” Daniels said.
“The toilets was a point where we can for all students. The design was a decision based on privacy, safety and security for all students.”
Melanie Austin, whose first-grade daughter attends Crestview Elementary and takes classes at the Northland Innovation Center, supports the gender-neutral concept.
“You just don’t know what the gender of a child could identify, such as,” Austin said. “This helps everyone to feel comfortable, accepted.”