This fall, my child went back to school as his authentic self. I could not have been more proud. Or more scared. Well, maybe not “scared” exactly, but definitley anxious. I had no idea how things would go. How would the kids treat him? How would the teachers and staff treat him? In anticipation, we met with the principal and his guidance counselor over the summer.
Fortunately for us, they were great at the start and have remained very supportive. And this school year (so far) has really gone smoothly.
For those who might be looking at helping a trans child at school, I offer the following guide. I brought it to our meeting over the summer and left it with the principal. Fortunately, our district’s guidelines are very much in line with this guide. No matter the situation you might be facing, this is a GREAT resource!
From the website:
Schools In Transition: A Guide for Supporting Transgender Students in K-12 Schools is a first-of-its-kind resource providing a blueprint for safe, supportive and inclusive school environments for transgender youth.
The groundbreaking guide, written for administrators, teachers, parents, and other adults who work with youth, covers topics ranging from basic concepts of gender and the importance of affirming gender identity, to best practices for restroom access and working with unsupportive parents. The National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR) and Gender Spectrum led the effort to produce the guide, joined by HRC Foundation, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), and the National Education Association (NEA).