Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Updated school guidance regarding transgender students now available


IASB has posted an updated guidance document discussing the various legal issues surrounding transgender students. The National Association of School Boards (NSBA) prepared and distributed the guide, Transgender Students in Schools: Frequently Asked Questions and Answers for Public School Boards and Staff.

The updated information covers significant developments that have taken place over the past year regarding the rights of transgender students. Among the issues covered is the Trump administration’s “Dear Colleague” letter withdrawing the Obama administration’s previous transgender guidance. Also included is the status of various transgender lawsuits filed throughout the nation.

According to NSBA, the intention of the document is “to offer a guide for spotting issues, understanding existing legal frameworks, and, where appropriate, offer recommendations to help schools ensure that all students, regardless of gender identity, are safe and learning at schools.”

Additional information on the guidance document is available on the IASB website.