Skagway School District has policy to keep gender identity of students a secret from parents


The Skagway School District has a policy titled “Transgender Students and Employees” that explicitly states that the gender identity of students can be kept a secret from parents. The policy mandates that staff use the preferred pronouns and names of students. The policy adds: “Transgender and gender nonconforming students/employees are encouraged to discuss how they want to be addressed in class, in the workplace, in correspondence to the home, or at conferences with the student’s parent/guardian.” The policy then explains:

When contacting the parent or guardian of a transgender student, school staff should use the student’s legal name and the pronoun corresponding to the student’s gender assigned at birth, unless the student, parent, or guardian has specified otherwise.

Students are allowed to use the restrooms and locker rooms and participate in sports according to their preferred gender identity. Teachers will also participate in training on transgender issues.