Cherokee schools address ‘gender ID’ harassment

The Cherokee County School Board is adding “gender identity” to its list of attributes protected under its anti-harassment policy.

At its most recent meeting, the board approved on first reading modifying its harassment policy to prohibit harassment based on gender identity or “any other constitutionally protected class or status.” The list already includes race, age, gender, color, religion, national origin and disability.

The issue is to come back to the board May 18 at the annual policy update for next year’s student/parent handbook, a district spokeswoman said.

The board also approved language holding all employees responsible for preventing harassment and discrimination against students and employees and for reporting such conduct, and affirming no one will be subject to retaliation or reprisal for making a good-faith complaint or participating in an investigation.