The Caldwell School District has proposed a new code subsection addressing “gender identity and sexual orientation” within the district policy.
The proposed policy includes sections discussing school facilities, school activities, school trips, student records and privacy, change of official school records, confidentiality, training, dress codes, school dances, and safety.
This language, under the heading School Facilities, has been trimmed to show the most recent edits by the school board:
“…students may use the restrooms and locker rooms that correspond to the gender identity they consistently express at school. No student will be required to use facilities that conflict with his or her gender identity consistently expressed at school. A transgender student or any other student who has a need or desire for increased privacy may be given the option of using a separate or private restroom or changing area. The planning team will identify what the student and parent/guardian are most comfortable using. No student shall, on account of their transgender status, be required to use such separate facilities.”
For school activities, the policy states that the District will give all students the ability to participate in gender segregated activities in a way that aligns with the gender the student associates with.
On the topic of school trips and accommodations, the proposed policy is that students will never be denied the right to participate based on their sexual orientation or transgender status. For overnight trips, a student or parent may opt for an “alternative sleeping room assignment” if they are uncomfortable with the one given.
Under Student Records and Privacy, this is the proposed policy in regard to teachers and staff addressing students:
“District staff shall use the name and pronouns consistently expressed by the student at school, regardless of the student’s legal name and sex. A student is not required to legally change their name, gender, or official school records as a prerequisite to the use of a name and the pronouns consistent with the student’s identity. Intentional and persistent refusal to use the name and gender by which the student identifies is a violation of this policy and may subject an employee to discipline.”
As far as confidentiality on this topic, the District proposes this approach (again, trimmed to show the most recent version):
“School employees should not disclose a student’s transgender status or sexual orientation to other individuals, regardless of setting, including the other school personnel unless they have a legitimate need to know, or unless the student or parent has authorized such disclosure. Action in violation of such student confidentiality may subject an employee to discipline.”
“When contacting the parent/guardian of a transgender student, school personnel should use the student’s legal name and the pronoun corresponding to the student’s gender assigned at birth unless determined by a previously developed plan.”
The Board work session that took place on November 28, 2022 can be viewed here. This proposed policy change is discussed beginning at 36:10:00.
The entire proposed policy, including edits, can be viewed here: Policy 3281 Gender Identity and Sexual Orientation – v2 11282022.pdf (boarddocs.com)
There is not yet a date for the proposed policy’s first official reading by the Caldwell School Board. Parents and community members can find board member contact information here: Caldwell School District Board – School Board – Caldwell School District (caldwellschools.org)
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