What does the term “Transgender” mean?
“Transgender” is an adjective describing a person whose gender identity or gender expression differs from the gender listed on that person’s original birth certificate. “Gender identity” is just like it sounds – what gender terms (male, female, a combination of genders, or no gender) a person uses for self-identification. “Gender expression” is how that person expresses his, her or their own gender to others, whether through dress, behavior or other activities.
Why is there a policy specifically for transgender and gender expansive students?
Providence Public Schools is committed to creating a safe and inclusive environment for all students. This policy describes ways that the school can create an environment in which transgender and gender expansive students feel comfortable and supported.
What is the district’s approach to transgender students’ using school restrooms and changing facilities?
Providence Public Schools allows transgender students to choose their restroom or changing facilities, based on the gender with which they identify or express themselves. Students who do not identify with the gender assigned to them at birth and who are uncomfortable choosing a male-segregated or female-segregated restroom may request the use of private restrooms. Similarly, they may request changing room accommodations, such as partitioning or a separate changing schedule.
On which sports teams do transgender students play?
Transgender students may choose which physical education and intramural teams they wish to join, based on their gender identity and expression. Students involved in interscholastic sports follow Rhode Island Interscholastic League rules: http://www.riil.org/index.php/resources/rules-and-regulations/.
How can I support transgender and gender expansive students?
If you are a transgender or gender expansive student enrolled in the Providence Public Schools,
You can ask: