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Supporting Transgender & Gender Nonconforming Students
All students should be provided access to the restroom that corresponds to their gender identity as consistently asserted at school. Where available, a single stall/gender neutral restroom may be used by any student who desires increased privacy, regardless of the underlying reason. The use of such a restroom shall be a matter of choice for any student and no student shall be compelled to use such restroom.
Under no circumstances should transgender students be required to use a locker room or changing facility that does not correspond to their gender identity. In situations that involve undressing in front of others, transgender students who want to use the locker room corresponding to their gender identity should be provided with the available accommodation that best meets the needs and privacy concerns of all students involved.
Such accommodations could include, but are not limited to:
Generally, students should be permitted to participate in gender-segregated recreational gym class activities and sports in accordance with the student's gender identity. Participation in competitive athletic activities and contact sports should be resolved on a case-by-case basis.
Gender-specific restrictive dress codes are inadvisable. If the school requires school-approved uniforms, students must be allowed to wear uniform items that most closely reflect their gender identity. It is discriminatory and a violation of the student's civil rights for school staff to enforce a dress code more stringently against a transgender or gender nonconforming student than other students.
As a general rule, school staff should avoid separating students by gender. Rather than splitting up boys and girls as a method to break a class into two groupss, teachers can use other criteria (e.g., January-June birthdays vs July-December birthdays). If students must be separated by gender, they shall be permitted to self-diferentiate in accordance with their gender identity.
The school district policy on bullying should be public and clearly stated. In mny states, laws exist that require a district's policy to include:
It is important to recognize that acts of intimidation, harassment and bullying of transgender and gender nonconforming students can happen at the hands of faculty and staff as well as from their student peers.
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