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Gender Identity Protection Policy

Highland Park School District, Highland Park, New Jersey
Highland Park School District
New Jersey
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Transgender and gender-nonconforming students at Highland Park School District weren’t provided with any guarantees for a safe, supportive and inclusive learning environment.

So district administrators created the Gender Identity Protection Policy in 2015-16, an initiative that allows transgender and transitioning students in pre-K through 12 access to any school bathroom, locker room or school program based on their affirmed gender.

Students in pre-K through grade 5 may address their identity through their parents or guardians as advocates, while those in grades 6 through 12 may speak for themselves.

The policy provides the student with a personalized support plan that addresses such matters as how the school will identify the student when distributing reports, and how the district would discipline students who harass them.

To start your own program:

  • Have a PD program for personnel using professionals, including a psychologist or an LGBTQ support organization. And ensure it includes cultural competency training.
  • Develop a health curriculum.
  • Enlist gender identity specialists to provide training.