Jurupa Unified School District has policy to keep gender identity of students secret from parents


The Jurupa Unified School District has a policy that explains parents can be left in the dark regarding the gender identity of their children. The policy states that “the district shall only disclose the information to others with the student’s prior written consent.” The policy later adds:

As appropriate given the student’s need for support, the compliance officer may discuss with the student any need to disclose the student’s intersex, nonbinary, transgender or gender-nonconformity status or gender identity or gender expression to the student’s parents/guardians and/or others, including other students, teacher(s), or other adults on campus. The district shall offer support services, such as counseling, to students who wish to inform their parents/guardians of their status and desire assistance in doing so.

When addressing students transitioning to another gender, the policy states: “The compliance officer shall arrange a meeting with the student and, if appropriate, the student’s parents/guardians to identify and develop strategies for ensuring that the student’s access to educational programs and activities is maintained.”

The policy also has a list of what can be considered “gender-based harassment.” This list includes:

  • Refusing to address a student by a name and the pronouns consistent with the student’s gender identity.
  • Disciplining or disparaging a student or excluding the student from participating in activities for behavior or appearance that is consistent with the student’s gender identity or that does not conform to stereotypical notions of masculinity or femininity, as applicable.
  • Blocking a student’s entry to the restroom that corresponds to the student’s gender identity.
  • Taunting a student because the student participates in an athletic activity more typically favored by a student of the other sex.
  • Revealing a student’s transgender status to individuals who do not have a legitimate need for the information, without the student’s consent.
  • Use of gender-specific slurs.
  • Physical assault of a student motivated by hostility toward the student because of the student’s gender, gender identity, or gender expression.