The district prohibits discrimination on the basis of gender identity as well as sexual orientation.
This procedure outlines some of the efforts the district will make to respect a student’s gender
Gender Identity – A person’s deeply held sense or psychological knowledge of his or her own
gender, regardless of the gender he or she was assigned at birth.
Transgender – People whose gender identity is different from the gender assigned to them at birth.
Gender Expression – The way a person expresses gender, such as clothing, hairstyles, activities or
Gender Nonconforming – Description of people whose gender expression differs from stereotypical
Information about a student’s transgender or gender nonconforming status will be considered
confidential information that will only be shared with school personnel on a need-to-know basis.
Information about a student’s transgender status also may constitute confidential medical
information. School personnel may not disclose information that may reveal a student’s transgender
status or gender nonconforming presentation to others, including parents, unless legally required to
do so or unless the student has authorized such disclosure. The district will not require the student
to discuss his or her status with others.
When contacting the parent or guardian of a transgender or gender nonconforming student, school
personnel should use the student’s legal name and the pronoun corresponding to the student’s gender
assigned at birth unless the student, parent or guardian has specified otherwise.
The district is required to maintain a mandatory, permanent pupil record (“official record”) that
includes a student’s legal name and legal gender. The district, however, is not required to use a
student’s legal name and gender on other school records or documents. The district will change a
student’s official record to reflect a change in legal name or legal gender upon receipt of
documentation that such change has been made pursuant to a court order. In situations where school
staff or administrators are required by law to use or to report a transgender or gender nonconforming
student’s legal name or gender, such as for purposes of standardized testing, school staff and
administrators shall adopt practices to avoid the inadvertent disclosure of such confidential
Persons, including students and employees, shall be addressed by a name and pronoun that
corresponds to their gender identity, as requested by the student or employee. Neither a court-ordered name or gender change, nor a change in official employee or student records, is required.
The intentional or persistent refusal to respect the gender identity of an employee or student after
notification of the preferred pronoun/name used by the employee or student is a violation of this
To the extent possible, schools should reduce or eliminate the practice of segregating students by
gender. In situations where students are segregated by gender, such as health education classes,
students should be included in the group that corresponds to the student’s gender identity.
Students and employees shall have access to the restroom that corresponds to the person’s gender
identity consistently asserted at school whenever possible or practicable. Any student who has a
need or desire for increased privacy, regardless of the underlying reason, should be provided access
to a single stall restroom. If no single stall restroom for students is available in the school, the
student should be provided access to a single stall restroom in the nurse’s office or main office, but
no student shall be required to use such a bathroom.
Locker Room Accessibility
The use of locker rooms by transgender students shall be assessed on a case-by-case basis with the
goals of maximizing the student’s social integration and equal opportunity to participate in physical
education classes and sports, ensuring the student’s safety and comfort, and minimizing
stigmatization of the student. Any student who has a need or desire for increased privacy, regardless
of the underlying reason, should be provided with a reasonable alternative changing area such as the
use of a private area (e.g., a nearby restroom stall with a door, an area separated by a curtain, a P.E.
instructor’s office in the locker room, or a nearby health office restroom), or with a separate changing
schedule (e.g., using the locker room that corresponds to the student’s gender identity before or after
other students). Any alternative arrangement should be provided in a way that protects the student’s
ability to keep his or her transgender status confidential. In no case shall a transgender student be
required to use a locker room that conflicts with the student’s gender identity.
Physical Education Classes and Intramural Sports
Transgender and gender nonconforming students shall be permitted to participate in physical
education classes and intramural sports in a manner consistent with the student’s gender identity.
Interscholastic Competitive Sports Teams
Transgender and gender nonconforming students shall be permitted to participate in interscholastic
athletics in a manner consistent with the student’s gender identity, to the extent allowed by
Interscholastic rules and regulations.
Transgender and gender nonconforming students shall be permitted to dress in a manner consistent
with the student’s gender identity or gender expression. Where dress codes and uniform
requirements apply to all students, transgender and gender nonconforming students should comply
with the uniform requirements consistent with the student’s gender identity.
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Note: The reader is encouraged to review policies and/or forms for related information in this
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