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Jul 14, 2017 11:18 AM

Hooksett School Board considers new transgender policy

HOOKSETT - The Hooksett School Board considered a new proposal that addresses restroom and locker room accessibility for transgender and gender non-conforming students.

Tuesday night, the board revealed the proposal for the first time which states, "in no case shall a transgender student be required to use a locker room that conflicts with the student’s gender identity."

The policy also states that "any student who has a need or desire for increased privacy, regardless of the underlying reason, should be provided access to a single-stall restroom, but no student shall be required to use such restroom."

According to the Union Leader, the policy allows schools to address locker room use on a case-by-case basis. While transgender students should have access to the locker room that corresponds to their gender identity, the policy states that any students who prefer increased privacy should be given an alternative changing area.

The proposal was drawn up at the recommendation of the New Hampshire School Boards Association.

Superintendent Charles Littlefield said the policy is necessary to ensure the district doesn’t discriminate.

Under new policy adoption rules, it can’t be approved until a second reading at the Board's next meeting.

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