Every student has the right to an education and to feel safe at school. For some students it is a daily struggle to be treated equally. The district’s current plan for LGBTQ+ students is a good starting point, but there is room for improvement. The following are areas I would improve.
1. Bring back the 70 page “Best Practices Guide For Working With LGBTQ Individuals”. The one page guide that is currently being used is good as a quick reference guide, but every staff member will be required to read and attend a training based on the 70-page guide.
2. Utilize the National Education Association’s training program on safety, bias and LGBTQ issues.
3. Utilize the Speak Truth to Power education curriculum to help teach students about general human rights and encourage them to help protect everyone’s human rights.
4. Research and develop stakeholder specific suicide prevention curriculum.
5. Create a place in MyStudent where students preferred names and pronouns can be found. This will eliminate students feeling insecure when there is a substitute in the room and help teachers have clarity on how to address each student. Special care will be taken to insure student’s confidentiality in line with FERPA.
6. Students will be able to use the restroom or locker room that is associated with the gender they identify with. Teachers concerns will be addressed with a specialized training that will deal with the issues that might arise from this policy. If the student doesn’t feel comfortable using the locker rooms or restrooms, that student will have the option to use the clinic restrooms.
7. Take bids on what it would cost to provide gender-neutral restrooms at schools. This will be expensive since we have to comply with ADA regulations, but we can look into grants to fund these projects.
8. Permission slips will not be required for students to participate in any club hosted at the school. This includes LGBTQ+, student council, FCA, etc.
9. Any bulling or harassment of LGBTQ+ students by other students or staff will be addressed immediately. If this becomes a repeat offense, student or staff will face consequences including and not limited to suspension, expulsing, or termination.
10. Have a district level liaison to be a resource for teachers of LGBTQ+ students.
11. Have a designated coordinator at each school that staff and students can use as a resource when questions arise.
Posted on 31 Jul 2020, 20:15 - Category: Education First