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Sep 21, 2015 12:41 PM

Oyster River school district implements new policies for transgender students


DURHAM – The Oyster River Cooperative School District may in fact be the first public school district in the state to have a policy in place for transgender students.

According to Fosters.com, the Oyster River school district has implemented a four-page written policy that offers definitions of “gender identity” “gender expression” “transgender” “cisgender” and more for all staff.

The Oyster River Cooperative School District Superintendent James Morse hopes the new guide will diffuse confusion among staff members and students.

“I think there is a lack of information out there and by providing definitions we are providing a common language,” Morse said.

The policy also states a written plan for disclosing student’s gender identities and privacy around students’ information.

Included in the new plan is also information on which bathrooms and locker rooms a transgender student is allowed to use. According to the policy, a student can use the restroom and locker room of the gender they identify with.

The Oyster River school system will also have alternative, private facilities for students but they will not be required to use single facilities.

Superintendent Morse said the feedback on the policy has been positive and staff have been supportive.


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