Chicago Public Schools announced new guidelines Tuesday to support transgender students and employees.
Among the changes, providing students access to restrooms and locker rooms that correspond to their gender identity. Schools will also be required to provide accommodations and support for anyone questioning their identity.
“The guidelines released today will help ensure every student and adult in the CPS family can participate in an environment of complete tolerance and respect,” said CPS Chief Education Officer Dr. Janice K. Jackson. “CPS, like much of the country, has become far more aware of the needs and experiences of the transgender community, and it’s crucial for CPS guidelines to reflect our commitment to promoting safe and inclusive schools.”
Also included in the reform, if at any time students request more privacy or alternate options, schools will provide with an alternative arrangement that provides them the comfort needed.