Beaver County School District has policy to keep gender identity of students hidden from parents; policy was created by Utah School Boards Association


Parents Defending Education submitted a public records request to the Beaver County School District seeking any transgender guidance used for students. The school district provided PDE with a policy titled “Transgender Students.” This policy explicitly states that the gender identity of students can be hidden from parents:

When the parent of a transgender student is given the required notification of a bullying or harassment incident against a transgender student which is motivated by transgender status or gender expression, care should be taken to avoid disclosing the student’s transgender status to the student’s parents if the student has not consented to such disclosure.

The policy also appears to explain that students can use the restrooms and locker rooms and participate in intramural activities according to their preferred gender identity.

PDE learned from public records requests to other districts that the policy was created by the Utah School Boards Association (USBA).