To ensure that intersex, nonbinary, transgender, and gender-nonconforming students are afforded the same rights, benefits, and protections provided to all students by law and Board policy, the district shall address each situation on a case-by-case basis, in accordance with the following guidelines:
- Right to privacy: A student’s intersex, nonbinary, transgender, or gender-nonconforming status is the student’s private information. The district shall develop strategies to prevent unauthorized disclosure of students’ private information. Such strategies may include, but are not limited to, collecting or maintaining information about student gender only when relevant to the educational program or activity, protecting or revealing a student’s gender identity as necessary to protect the health or safety of the student, and keeping a student’s unofficial record separate from the official record.
The district shall only disclose the information to others with the student’s prior written consent, except when the disclosure is otherwise required by law or when the district has compelling evidence that disclosure is necessary to preserve the student’s physical or mental well-being. In any case, the district shall only allow disclosure of a student’s personally identifiable information to employees with a legitimate educational interest as determined by the district pursuant to 34 CFR 99.31. Any district employee to whom a student’s intersex, nonbinary, transgender, or gender-nonconforming status is disclosed shall keep the student’s information confidential. When disclosure of a student’s gender identity is made to a district employee by a student, the employee shall seek the student’s permission to notify the compliance officer. If the student refuses to give permission, the employee shall keep the student’s information confidential, unless the employee is required to disclose or report the student’s information pursuant to this administrative regulation, and shall inform the student that honoring the student’s request may limit the district’s ability to meet the student’s needs related to the student’s status as an intersex, nonbinary, transgender, or gender-nonconforming student. If the student permits the employee to notify the compliance officer, the employee shall do so within three school days.
As appropriate given the student’s need for support, the compliance officer may discuss with the student any need to disclose the student’s intersex, nonbinary, transgender, or gender-nonconformity status or gender identity or gender expression to the student’s parents/guardians and/or others, including other students, teacher(s), or other adults on campus. The district shall offer support services, such as counseling, to students who wish to inform their parents/guardians of their status and desire assistance in doing so.
- Determining a Student’s Gender Identity: The compliance officer shall accept the student’s assertion of gender identity and begin to treat the student consistent with that gender identity unless district personnel present a credible and supportable basis for believing that the student’s assertion is for an improper purpose.
- Addressing a Student’s Transition Needs: The compliance officer shall arrange a meeting with the student and, if appropriate, the student’s parents/guardians to identify and develop strategies for ensuring that the student’s access to educational programs and activities is maintained. The meeting shall discuss the intersex, nonbinary, transgender, or gender-nonconforming student’s rights and how those rights may affect and be affected by the rights of other students and shall address specific subjects related to the student’s access to facilities and to academic or educational support programs, services, or activities, including, but not limited to, sports and other competitive endeavors. In addition, the compliance officer shall identify specific school site employee(s) to whom the student may report any problem related to the student’s status as an intersex, nonbinary, transgender, or gender-nonconforming individual, so that prompt action can be taken to address it. Alternatively, if appropriate and desired by the student, the school may form a support team for the student that will meet periodically to assess whether the arrangements for the student are meeting the student’s educational needs and providing equal access to programs and activities, educate appropriate staff about the student’s transition, and serve as a resource to the student to better protect the student from gender-based discrimination.