A meeting later this afternoon will mark the first chance that the public will have to opine on Sarasota County Schools’ new gender guidelines.

Reaction to the non-discrimination policy has been mixed.

Some say they are glad the district is enacting a concrete policy after years of discussion. Others have taken issue with the notion that parents are not required to be part of a child’s “coming-out process” at school.

School Board President Bridget Ziegler told the Herald-Tribune she plans to ask for a policy requiring parental consent for a student to change their gender pronoun, bathroom, or locker-room use.