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Dover School Board votes to adopt transgender, 'gender nonconforming' policy for students

DOVER - The Dover School Board voted to adopt a policy that works to make sure transgender and gender nonconforming students are free from discrimination, harassment, bullying and intimidation.

The decision was made at last week's board meeting, and according to, identifies “transgender” as “an umbrella term for an individual whose gender identity or expression is different from that traditionally associated with their assigned sex at birth.”

The policy also states that, “a student who has been identified as transgender under this policy should be permitted to use the restrooms assigned to the gender which the student consistently asserts at school.” Alternative methods like access to a private bathroom will be granted if asked for.

A similar procedure is outlined for lockerooms emphasizing the importance of students safety and comfort.

An earlier policy which allowed the school to make requests for documentation from medical providers or other service providers to assist staff in developing a plan for students, has been eliminated as of last

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