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30 Nov CCSD working group makes recommendations on possible gender diverse policy or guidelines

The Clark County School District (CCSD) held five public meetings and opened a survey to ask students, staff, families and community members to provide input on whether the district should develop written guidelines regarding gender diverse students.

In May, Trustee Carolyn Edwards asked the district to begin a process to examine whether CCSD needs a policy/regulation and/or administrative guidelines to ensure the safety of all students, including gender diverse students, on CCSD campuses. A working group has been meeting for several months and has recommended that CCSD develop both a policy/regulation and administrative guidelines regarding gender diverse students. The group also suggested some topics that written guidelines could include, which are posted at ccsd.net/genderdiverse.

The district took input on these initial recommendations via this online survey and through these five meetings, which were open to the public:

• Dec. 1, 2017, Durango High School theater, 9:30 – 11 a.m., 7100 W. Dewey Drive, Las Vegas
• Dec. 2, 2017, Western High School theater, 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., 4601 W. Bonanza Road, Las Vegas
• Dec. 5, 2017, Eldorado High School theater, 5:30 – 7 p.m., 1139 N. Linn Lane, Las Vegas
• Dec. 6, 2017, Silverado High School theater, 6 – 7:30 p.m., 1650 Silver Hawk Ave., Las Vegas
• Dec. 7, 2017, Cimarron-Memorial High School theater, 4 – 5:30 p.m., 2301 N. Tenaya Way, Las Vegas

The survey at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/ccsdgender will be open through Sunday, Jan. 7, 2018.

Senate Bill 225, passed by the 2017 Legislature, requires CCSD to provide employees “training concerning the needs of persons with diverse gender identities or expressions.” Edwards said she also asked the district to consider a written policy because the district handles the growing number of gender diverse students on a case-by-case basis, which can be time consuming for administrators and might not ensure that the needs of every student are met.

“It’s important that each and every one of our students feel safe, secure and respected on all our campuses,” said Edwards. “This is a sensitive conversation, but one I think our community must have, and I look forward to the dialogue.”

All of the documents that the working group considered, including policies and guidelines from the state of Minnesota, the Washoe County School District, the New York City Department of Education and the Los Angeles Unified School District, can be found at ccsd.net/genderdiverse.

CCSD staff will present the recommendations of the working group, the results of the public input meetings and the results of the online survey in January, where they will seek guidance from Trustees on whether or not to take next steps to develop a written policy/regulation or guidelines.

For more information, visit ccsd.net/genderdiverse.