31 Oct Gender Diverse Working Group to examine formalized guidance for staff members
In May 2017, Board of School Trustee member Carolyn Edwards asked Clark County School District staff members and the community to examine the possibility of formalized guidance regarding gender diverse students.
CCSD created a Gender Diverse Working Group that includes representatives of families, community members, faith leaders, and CCSD staff and students, to examine existing policies and guidelines in other districts and draft guidelines from the Nevada Department of Education.
Principals have asked for assistance with the growing number of students who are identifying as transgender or gender diverse.
Currently, CCSD works out plans on a case-by-case basis for students. Not only is this becoming increasingly time-consuming, but there is also a concern that students will not be treated equitably.
The group is working to determine:
- Should CCSD develop a standalone policy specific to providing a safe and supportive learning environment for gender diverse students?
- If not, should CCSD develop language for the administrators’ handbook on how to provide a safe and supportive learning environment for gender diverse students?
CCSD will take the working group’s recommendations to the public in a set of five public meetings:
|Durango HS theater||12/01/17||9:30 – 11 a.m|
|Western HS theater||12/02/17||11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.|
|Eldorado HS theater||12/05/17||5:30 – 7 p.m.|
|Silverado HS theater||12/06/17||6 – 7:30 p.m.|
|Cimarron-Memorial HS theater||12/07/17||4 – 5:30 p.m.|
All families, students and community members are invited to provide their input.
CCSD staff will work to incorporate feedback from the public with the working group recommendations. A final recommendation will be made to the superintendent, who can choose to forward it to the Board of School Trustees for a vote in December or January.
Visit ccsd.net/genderdiverse to do the following:
* Read the recommendations from the working group that CCSD develop a written policy and/or guidelines on how to ensure gender diverse students are safe and respected, plus possible topics that could be included in written guidelines.
* Take a survey on whether CCSD should develop written guidelines, and what topics might be included in written guidelines.