The Federal, local, and DCPS policies and guidelines outlined below have helped shape our district's response to providing support and affirmation for our LGBTQ+ students, families, and staff members.
Federal Laws & Guidelines
FERPA - The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act affords parent(s) or legal guardian(s) the right to both access and amend educational records. To this end, FERPA grants parent(s) or legal guardian(s) the ability to update educational records to include their child(ren)'s affirming name and/or gender marker. Conversely, students who are not out to their parent(s) or legal guardian(s) are counseled to be aware of the fact that sharing a preferred name in the student database would effectively out them.
TITLE IX - Title IX protects us from discrimination on the basis of sex when engaged in activities or programming provided by a recipient of Federal funding. For our students, this means that they cannot be discriminated against or subjected to harassment on the basis of sex stereotypes.
Local Laws & Guidelines
DC Human Rights Act of 1977 - The DC Human Rights Act of 1977 assures residents and visitors of the District of Columbia are protected from discrimination on the basis of gender identity and sexual orientation (in addition to many other enumerated classifications).
DC Municipal Regulations - Section 4-801 - The DC Municipal Regulations make it illegal for DC institutions of government, government licensees, and/or government contractors to discriminate against DC residents or visitors on the basis of real or perceived gender identity. To that end, it is illegal for to block or prohibit people from accessing facilities or services that are in alignment with their gender identity. This includes access to restrooms.
DC Bullying Prevention Act - The DC Bullying Prevention Act outlines the categories and classifications of bullying, admonishing DC government agencies, licensees, or contractors who work with youth to both understand these prohibitions and to actively work to prevent instances of bullying.
DCPS Policies & Guidelines
Transgender and Gender Non-Conforming Policy Guidance - The DCPS Transgender and Gender Non-Conforming Policy Guidance document outlines DCPS' commitment to supporting and affirming our transgender and non-binary students, families, and staff members. Local and national data, in addition to informational resources and appendices, are provided to ensure a more in-depth understanding of the need for and basis of these protections.
DCPS Plan to Create an Inclusive School Community - The DCPS Plan to Create an Inclusive School Community provides guidance and recommendations for schools to implement LGBTQ-inclusive policies in order to make their school communities more welcoming and affirming.
DCPS Bullying Prevention Plan - Using the DC Bullying Prevention Act as it's foundational text, this policy outlines DCPS' response to and expectations of schools with regard to bullying prevention measures.