Wall BOE advances transgender policy revision

The Wall school board has advanced revisions to its transgender student protection policy. District THE COAST STAR FILE PPHOTO

WALL TOWNSHIP — A revised policy on protections for transgender students was approved on first reading by the Wall Board of Education at its Feb. 19 meeting.

The 12-page revised policy is based on state Commissioner of Education guidelines that explain how districts are to comply with a 2017 state law on transgender protections.

“A safe and supportive environment within a school begins with understanding and respect,” according to the district policy, and it goes on to discuss in detail terminology associated with gender identity

The policy states that school officials must accept a student’s asserted gender identity; refer to the student by their preferred pronoun, and issue a student identification card in the name chosen by the student. Parental notification and consent are not required.

The policy has guidelines for providing counseling to transgender students and for preventing harassment and bullying.

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