Lancaster SD considers Gender Identity policy

Posted at 7:57 AM, Dec 07, 2015

The Lancaster Central School Board will hear public comment Monday night about a new Gender Identity policy.

The Gender Identity policy seeks to bring the school district into accordance with new state guidelines on transgender and gender nonconforming students. 

The policy would allow transgender and gender nonconforming students to use the restrooms and locker rooms that matches their gender identities. In gender-divided classes like Physical Education, the students will be assigned the class that matches their gender identity.

Under the policy, privacy concerns of other students will be addressed individually and on a case-by-case basis.

Students will be able to dress according to their gender identity without recourse, provided it follows the district's dress code.

Students will also be able to play on the sports team that correlates with their gender identities, as long as they are eligible under New York State law. If the student is deemed eligible to play, the district's Athletic Director will be responsible for making any necessary accommodations and informing competing schools of those accommodations.

Anyone interested in speaking during the public comment portion of the school board meeting must submit a request by 3 p.m. on Monday, December 7. The meeting will take place at 7 p.m. Como Park Elementary School, 1985 Como Park Boulevard, Lancaster, NY.



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