Some states and districts have taken a similar approach for months. Still, some school leaders will likely breathe a sigh of relief at the change, as prior quarantine guidelines led to confusion and huge numbers of student and staff absences.
The proposed rules make it clear that the protections outlined in the 50-year-old federal civil rights law known as Title IX apply to LGBTQ students.
Senators voted 64 to 33 to approve Cardona, a former fourth-grade teacher and school principal. Idaho Sens. Mike Crapo and Jim Risch both voted no.