APS debating restroom policy for transgender students

Posted at: 08/14/2013 10:20 PM
By: Erica Zucco, KOB Eyewitness News 4

Wednesday evening, The Albuquerque Public Schools school board discussed a rough draft of possible guidelines for managing issues involving transgender students enrolled in the district.

APS says right now, there are 12 transgender students in the district of nearly 90,000.

APS Policy Analyst Carrie Menapace proposed initial guidelines. Those guidelines were based off insight from the district’s Transgender Task Force, as well as research on decisions made in other associations.

“We recognize and appreciate that these students need to be treated equally, as all of our other students do,” Menapace said.

The guidelines include requiring a court order to change a student’s name in school records, and a birth certificate to change the student’s gender in school records. They also suggest providing an alternative, gender-neutral bathroom and locker room for students.

APS says the guidelines are just a work in progress. They want input and say the goal is making sure all students feel comfortable and safe. The guidelines will be “procedural directives” – advice to administrators on how to handle situations.

APS representatives also said they’d like the state to take a role in enacting statutes on how to deal with these issues.