The Highline School Board believes in fostering an educational environment that is safe and free of discrimination for all students, regardless of sex, gender identity or gender expression. To that end, the board recognizes the importance of an inclusive approach toward transgender and gender-expansive students with regard to key terms, the use of names and pronouns, student records, confidential health and education information, communication, restroom and locker room use and accessibility, sports and physical education, dress codes and other school activities, in order to provide these students with an equal opportunity for learning and achievement.
This policy is a component of the district’s responsibility to create and maintain a safe, civil, respectful, and inclusive learning community and shall be implemented in conjunction with comprehensive training of staff and volunteers.
The Superintendent or designee will appoint a compliance officer as the primary district contact to receive copies of all formal and informal complaints and ensure policy implementation. The name and contact information for the compliance officer will be communicated throughout the district's webpage. The district compliance officer will participate in at least one mandatory training opportunity offered by OSPI.
This policy and its procedure will support that effort by facilitating district compliance with local, state and federal laws concerning harassment, intimidation, bullying and discrimination.
Prohibition of Harassment, Intimidation and Bullying - Policy 3207
Nondiscrimination - Policy 3210
Student Records - Policy 3231
Discrimination Prohibition - RCW 28A.642
Family Education Rights and Privacy Act - 20 U.S.C. 1232g, 34 C.F.R., Part 99
Policy & Legal News - December 2013
Prohibiting Discrimination in Washington Public Schools - OSPI Guidelines for school districts to implement Chapters 28A.640 and 28A.642 RCW and Chapter 392-190 WAC (February 2012)
Highline School District 401
Adopted by the Board: October 2014
Revised by the Board: 06.20