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State Education Department Issues Transgender Guidelines

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The State Department of Education has issued guidelines for teachers when interacting with transgender students.

The 12 page document says teachers of transgender students should follow the students’ lead when deciding which names or pronouns to use and schools should avoid practices rooted in stereotypes, like having color-coded graduation gowns for girls and boys.

The guidelines address issues like students’ use of restrooms and changing spaces and which pronouns to use. It’s meant to help districts create a safe and inclusive environment and comply with laws covering bullying, harassment, discrimination and student privacy.

The rules direct schools to keep the birth names of transgender students who are new to district confidential while publicly using a student’s preferred name. For students who transition while attending the same school, educators should develop a plan to begin using the chosen name and consistent pronouns.

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