School Committee passes transgender student policy

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Article Author: Dusty Crhistensen
Publication Name: Daily Hampshire Gazette
Article Date: 8/13/2017
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NORTHAMPTON — School Committee here voted on Thursday to approve a policy that expands protections to transgender and gender nonconforming students and employees of Northampton Public Schools.

“The policy you are asking about was drafted by the rules and policy subcommittee and serves to formalize what already has been the practice In NPS for quite some time,” Edward Zuchowski, vice chairman of the School Committee, wrote the Gazette in an email.

While that may be, Zuchowski and Superintendent John Provost said the policy is nevertheless valuable.

“The importance of the policy is to communicate to the community that we are very proactive in ensuring nondiscrimination on the basis of transgender or gender nonconforming status,” Provost said, stressing that the policy had been the district’s practice for some time. “In terms of the day-to-day practice in our district, students and staff will not recognize any differences.”

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