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Response to U.S. Department of Education and Justice Release of Joint Guidance to Ensure the Civic Rights of Transgender Students

The following was sent to district superintendents and charter school directors on Monday, May 16, 2016:

Education Leaders,

On May 13, 2016, the Utah State Board of Education and local education agencies (LEAs) throughout the state received a letter from the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Civil Rights outlining guidance in regard to accommodations for transgender student use of restrooms and locker rooms in public schools.

The State Board is not providing a directive on this topic to LEAs and does not necessarily expect a change in current practices or behavior. We anticipate you will continue accommodating the needs of individual students according to your local policies and procedures. As you are aware, many of these cases necessitate action on a case-by-case basis, and LEAs know best how to move forward with unique solutions. The State Board believes local schools are best equipped to meet the needs of students with sensitivity and timeliness.

We appreciate the concern you take when considering individual circumstances and trust you to make the safety of each student a priority.

With appreciation,

Sydnee Dickson
Interim State Superintendent

Utah State Board of Education
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