Glenbrook School District Drafts Transgender Student Policy: 'We Look To Include, Not To Exclude'

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Glenbrook High Schools District 225 officials have drafted the district’s first transgender student policy, and Superintendent Michael Riggle said the district is formalizing approaches that have already been in use.

The administration decided to create an official transgender student policy after Northbrook School District 27 created a similar policy over the summer, Riggle said. The policy is meant to provide teachers and staff with a framework for working with transgender students and to protect the district from possible lawsuits, he said.

“As we were looking at materials … we felt that one of the weaknesses that we’ve had is that we haven’t necessarily recognized (transgender students) within our policies,” Riggle said. “And also we haven’t really placed in there the procedures that we actually are following day to day.”

The seven-page draft policy states that its purpose “is to ensure that all individuals who identify their gender differently from their sex assigned at birth do not encounter discrimination based on that identification.” The district promotes respect and does not tolerate bullying, harassment or discrimination at school, it said.

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