HACKENSACK, N.J. – A controversial policy proposal protecting the rights of transgender teens in Hackensack’s public schools has taken a step toward becoming official district practice, NorthJersey.com reports.
The first of two readings of the policy, which includes protections for students who have not yet come out to their parents, was approved by the school district’s Board of Education last week, the article says.
NorthJersey.com reports that the protections were added to the policy after a review from the civil rights organization, Garden State Equality.
The plan addresses rules for bathroom and pronoun use in regard to transgender students and defines terms like “gender nonconforming,” according to northjersey.com.
Also included in the draft policy is a provision that instructs school staff to speak to students about “the degree to which, if any, parents/guardians will be involved in the process” of publicly transitioning, according to northjersey.com.
If approved, the policy - which is not supported by all residents - would make Hackensack one of just a handful of school districts that does not automatically notify parents about a student’s in-school gender identity, according to northjersey.com.