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May 5, 2016


Dear Students, Staff, and Parents of Aptos High:


We are in the process of re-identifying the two cafeteria bathrooms as gender-neutral student bathrooms on our campus.  As you may have questions regarding this addition, we have included information to help you better understand this change on campus.  


The gender-neutral bathrooms are being added because California law AB1266 has determined that bathrooms for students of all genders must be provided on school campus.  These laws were the result of transgendered and gender non-conforming students reporting that they were not comfortable or they felt unsafe using bathrooms designed “Boys” or “Girls.” Many of these students were subjected to discrimination, harassment, violence and/or lawsuits for using their bathrooms that did not fit their gender at birth.  


Our two gender-neutral bathrooms are designed for all people to use-- male, female, trans or gender non-conforming, gender queer, or gender-neutral.  People who choose the gender-neutral bathrooms may do so without anyone’s assumption about their gender identity or preference and without ridicule.  Students will continue to have the choice of 5 bathrooms designated “boys” and “girls.”


Though perhaps new to many people, these gender neutral bathrooms are being made available to ensure compassion, safety and privacy for all in an equitable school climate.  I want to thank the AHS Rainbow Alliance Club for their advocacy and work on this important implementation of AB 1266 at Aptos High School.    


Feel free to contact us if you have questions or see our AB 1266 FAQ .

Casey O’Brien - Principal, Aptos High School


Final exams for the second semester are coming soon!  See the attached bell schedules for finals weeks (note that senior finals and 9th-11th grade finals are different).  Students should be prepared for this important aspect of their courses by staying caught up with current assignments and spending quality time studying for their finals.  Finals can be weighted up to 20% of the grade in their courses so preparing sufficiently and being sure students are here for their finals is critical.  Families are encouraged not to leave town early for trips etc that will result in students missing finals.  Parents and students should understand that no final exams will be given early (before the scheduled date for that course) for any student.  Giving finals early jeopardizes the confidentiality of the content on the final and rewards students/families for missing finals due to vacations and other reasons.   Students who miss the final will be assigned a failing grade (not incomplete) for the missed exam and that will be factored into the semester average.  Teachers are required to provide a reasonable opportunity for the student to make up the exam when they return and then change the grade accordingly when they’ve completed the final.  This must be done on the designated finals make-up day (June 3, 2016) or within the first ten days of the following semester (unless the student is Migrant and has completed a Migrant student final exam contract with their teacher).  Students who have no other option but to miss the final are encouraged to inform their teacher of this as soon as possible so that a plan to make up the exam can be put into place.    



Attention to parents and siblings of students who wish to attend the Aptos Junior High School Promotion Ceremony on June 2nd at 9:00 a.m.  The administration and teachers of AHS invite Mariner siblings to attend this ceremony even though we will be hosting our own final exams for 9th-11th graders for periods 5 and 6 on this morning.  Mariners who plan to attend their sibling’s ceremony should communicate this with their AHS instructor in advance and as soon as possible – then they may take their final exam on our designated finals make-up day at an agreed upon time with their instructor which is on June 3rd at AHS.  Keep in mind that no instructor is allowed to give a final exam early unless it coincides with senior final exams for mixed grade classes on May 26th and 27th.  See the Ship to Shore News for the AHS Final Exam Policy and for bell schedules.  Keep in mind that this opportunity is for siblings only.   


Go Mariners and Go Sea Dragons!