PPS Gender Diversity Support Guide - Purpose
In order to create a shared understanding about the ways in which the school will support transgender, nonbinary and gender diverse students, the district has created this toolkit for school accommodations and considerations. The Administrative Directive for Transgender, Nonbinary and Gender Diverse Students, PPS School Planning materials and the Student FAQ documents are meant to serve as resources to help ensure ALL students have the right to a safe, accepting, and healthy learning environment.
It is Portland Public Schools’ goal to create a safe and welcoming environment for our students and staff, free of transphobia and homophobia. This directive is meant to identify procedures and provide guidance to district and school staff so that transgender, nonbinary and gender diverse students are fully included in the school community and have the necessary supports to actively participate free of discrimination.
Plans shall address the expressed needs and wishes of the student on issues including but not limited to the following: access to restrooms and other gender-segregated facilities, method for affirming the student’s preferred name and gender, disclosure of the student’s gender identity to teachers, identification of parent and peer allies, confidentiality of gender transition in student records and information systems, staff training, and other supports as necessary. The Plan may be offered to any student who identifies as Transgender, Nonbinary and/or Gender Diverse, however it is not required and should not be used when the student does not wish to use it.
The purpose of the Name/Gender Change form is to alert school administrative staff to a change request for Synergy, as outlined in the PPS Administrative Directive 4.30.061 Section III. Names and Pronouns.
The meeting request form may be used by students and/or parents/guardians to request a meeting with school staff to create or revise a School Support Plan, or to discuss or address any specific concerns or needs.
This FAQ answers some common questions that transgender, nonbinary and gender diverse students may have. Additional questions can be directed to the PPS Department of Student Success and Health (Studentservices@pps.net) or the district Title IX coordinator (TitleIX@pps.net).
This FAQ answers some common questions that families and community members may have about the use of or need for this Guide. Additional questions can be directed to the PPS Department of Student Success and Health (Studentservices@pps.net) or the district Title IX coordinator (TitleIX@pps.net).