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CCSD Holding Meeting On Gender Diverse Policy

District Currently Has No Written Guidelines On Transgender Students

June 12, 2018 - 1:18 pm

LAS VEGAS (KXNT) - The Clark County School District (CCSD) Board of School Trustees will hold its regularly scheduled meeting at a different location on Thursday, June 14, 2018. The meeting on June 14, will start at 6 p.m. and will be held at the Clark County Commission Chambers, Government Center, 500 S. Grand Central Parkway, Las Vegas, NV 89155.

The larger facility provides additional seating capacity for those interested in attending the meeting, in which trustees will discuss and take public comment on the draft CCSD Policy 5138,  “Addressing the Rights and Needs of Students with Diverse Gender Identities or Expressions.” 

The draft CCSD policy incorporates language from the Nevada Department of Education’s proposed regulation to address the rights and needs of students with diverse gender identities or expressions. The state regulation is under development to comply with Senate Bill 225, which was passed in 2017 by Nevada legislators and signed into law by Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval. The state law protects students from discrimination based on gender identities or expressions. 

The District currently has no written guidelines regarding transgender students. This proposed policy, along with the Nevada Department of Education’s proposed regulation, put in writing the process that CCSD schools have used in the past to address the rights and needs of gender diverse students. Typically, CCSD school leaders work with families, students, and CCSD’s Equity and Diversity Education Department to create individualized plans to address the rights and needs of students with diverse gender identities or expressions.

While this policy would not change CCSD’s current practices, it would provide principals with the written guidelines they have requested regarding this topic.

“CCSD is committed to providing a safe, inclusive, and respectful learning environment for all students,” said CCSD Chief Instructional Services Officer Dr. Greta Peay. “This draft policy would create individualized plans for gender diverse students that consider their rights and needs, as well as the capacity of their school, and the rights and needs of the student body at large.”

The District’s draft policy is modeled after the state’s proposed regulation, which requires that a team including the student’s parents/guardians and a school administrator create an individualized plan for each gender diverse student. To view the Nevada Department of Education’s draft regulation relating to SB 225, click here.

CCSD’s proposed policy would incorporate that requirement by having those teams create a “Gender Support Plan” for students with diverse gender identities or expressions.

The CCSD draft policy would come back at least once more to the Board of School Trustees for additional public comment and consideration.

The meeting will be aired on Clark County Television (CCTV), which is available in the

Las Vegas area on Channel 4/1004 on Cox Cable and on Century Link on Channels 4 and 1004, as well as in Laughlin on Channel 14 via Suddenlink. Additionally, CCTV is available in Boulder City on Channel 4 and in Moapa Valley on Digital Channel 50.3.

A live stream of the meeting can also be found at www.ClarkCountyNV.gov and clicking “CCTV Live” on the left navigation panel the day of the meeting or by visiting www.youtube.com/ClarkCountyNV.