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East Aurora OKs transgender policy

Updated: November 17, 2012 6:11AM

AURORA — The East Aurora school board voted to unanimously approve a policy that affects transgendered students Monday night.

The policy set forth several guidelines for school administrators to use when addressing the needs and rights of transgender and gender nonconforming students.

The policy also addresses how state laws should be implemented.

The new policy specifically states that transgendered and gender nonconforming students have the right use the restroom that corresponds to their gender-related identity that is consistently asserted at school. The student has the right to be addressed by the name they want to be called, too.

“A court-ordered name or gender change is not required, and the student needs not change his or her official records,” the policy states.

In most cases, transgendered students should have access to the locker room that corresponds to their gender-related identity, according to the policy.

“In no case shall a transgender student be required to use a locker room that conflicts with the student’s gender-related identity,” the policy reads.

Classes or teams that are segregated by gender should also be open to students according to the gender that the student self-identifies with.

In the case of competitive sports teams, the policy says district administrators should consult policies issued by the governing interscholastic athletics administrative body. Questions regarding eligibility should be handled on a case-by-case basis.

According to the Illinois High School Association’s policy, the IHSA makes a final ruling on student participation. A group of medical personnel advises the organization in those rulings.

A transgender student is a student whose gender-related identity is different from their gender assigned at birth; a gender nonconforming student is a student whose gender expression differs from stereotypical expectations.

New administrators

The school board also unanimously approved the hiring of two new administrators Monday night.

Rehman Ali joins the district as director of technology and Diane Argueta as director of bilingual services.

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