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Policy 3211

Gender Inclusive Schools

The board believes in fostering an educational environment that is safe and free of discrimination for all students, regardless of gender identity, gender expression, or sex. To that end, the board recognizes the importance of an inclusive approach toward transgender and gender expansive students with regard to student records, confidential health and education information, communication and use of names and pronouns, restroom and locker room accessibility, sports and physical education, dress codes and other school activities in order to provide these students with an equal opportunity for learning and achievement. 

This policy is a component of the district’s responsibility to support a safe, civil, respectful and inclusive learning community and will be implemented in conjunction with training of its staff and volunteers.  The superintendent will appoint a primary compliance officer to receive formal and informal complaints and to coordinate implementation of this policy.  The compliance officer’s name and contact information will be communicated throughout the district.  The compliance officer will participate in at least one mandatory training opportunity provided by the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction.   The procedure accompanying this policy will facilitate  district compliance with local, state and federal laws concerning harassment, intimidation, bullying and discrimination.

Cross References:     

Policy 2145                                   Suicide Prevention

Policy 3207                                   Prohibition of Harassment, Intimidation and Bullying

Policy 3210                                   Nondiscrimination

Policy 3231                                   Student Records                                   

Policy 3421                                   Child Abuse, Neglect and Exploitation Prevention

Legal References:      

Chapter 28A.642, RCW               Discrimination prohibition

RCW 28A.642.080                       Transgender student policy and procedure

Chapter 49.60, RCW                    Washington Law Against Discrimination

WAC 162-32-060                         Gender-segregated facilities

20 U.S.C. §1232g, 34 C.F.R., Part 99      Family Education Rights and Privacy Act

Prohibiting Discrimination in Washington Public Schools – OSPI Guidelines for school districts to implement Chapters 28A.640 and 28A.642 RCW and 392-190 WAC (February 2012)                                                                                

Management Resources:

Policy and Legal News, November 2013              WSSDA issues new policy regarding transgender students          

Policy and Legal News, July 2019                        Protecting transgender students from discrimination

 

 

 

La Center School District Adopted: April 28, 2020

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