CMS recommends children not be called boys and girls

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A CMS presentation to principals and counselors recommends kids are not referred to as boys and girls, but instead as scholars and students.

DOCUMENT: CMS transgender student presentation

Eliminating boy and girl references is one of several policies included in the CMS bully prevention regulations.

One policy allows students to participate in extracurricular activities and overnight field trips based on their gender identity. A student who identifies as a girl would be allowed to participate in an "all-girl" overnight trip.

Another policy says CMS must evaluate all gender-based activities and "maintain only those that have clear and sound pedagogical purpose."

The North Carolina Values Coalition calls the rules radical and a violation of privacy.

"School is no longer about reading, writing and arithmetic. It is now about gender fluidity," Tami Fitzgerald of the NC Values Coalition said.

CMS officials say the policies in the presentation are meant to serve as guidelines.

"CMS remains fully committed to supporting its transgender students and nurturing a safe and welcoming environment for every student and employee," CMS Chief Communications Officer Kathryn Block said.

A well-known part of the policy has to do with bathrooms. It says students can use the bathroom of the gender they identify with. However that won't be implemented at the start of school because the U.S. Supreme Court put a hold on a federal judge's order that would have allowed this.

The NC Values Coalition plans to hold a rally outside the Government Center before the school board meeting Tuesday. 

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