GLSEN’s Model School District Policy on Transgender and Gender Nonconforming Students

Model School District Policy on Transgender and Gender Nonconforming Students outlines best practices for schools to ensure that all students are safe, included, and respected in school, regardless of their gender identity or expression—including transgender and gender nonconforming students. The model presents some policy objectives, key points, and alternatives to consider. It is meant to be adaptable to the specific needs of your school district, while keeping the original intent of the policy intact. Depending on your school district, the policy language provided here may fit best in a district
policy, an administrative regulation, or a combination of the two. Our model was developed by examining school district policies from various states, drawing from guidance provided by states and the
federal government, and identifying best practices for a national context.

The purpose of this policy is:
(1) to foster an educational environment that is safe, welcoming, and free from stigma and discrimination for all students, regardless of gender identity or expression,
(2) to facilitate compliance with local, state and federal laws concerning bullying, harassment, privacy, and discrimination,
(3) to ensure that all students have the opportunity to express themselves and live authentically.

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