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Supporting Transgender and NonBinary Students

February 23, 2017

 
Dear Friends School Heads and Division Directors,

Yet again this week, Friends Council member schools are absorbing recent announcements from the White House and considering what these might mean for their Friends school communities. On February 22, 2017, the Department of Justice and the Department of Education withdrew the federal guidance on transgender students (May 13, 2016 Dear Colleague Letter on Transgender Students).

Friends Council on Education affirms that Friends schools are committed to the Quaker testimony of equality, to diversity, and to integrity. Our schools strive to create inclusive, supportive, and respectful communities for all students, including our schools’ transgender and gender expansive/non-binary students.

We know from informal conversations that many Quaker schools have established diversity statements and some have established policies and practices specifically to support transgender and gender expansive youth in our schools.

As you seek to assure transgender and non-binary students in your schools, and their families, we offer the following resources to draw upon:

Friends Council Resources:

  • A compilation of sample policies for supporting transgender and gender expansive students from Friends Council member schools. If your school does not have a policy in place and are considering crafting one, we offer these policies as models for your consideration.
  • A list of educators in our Friends schools who have agreed to serve as a resource for other Friends school educators.
  • For more information about these resources, please contact Betsy Torg at Betsy@friendscouncil.org.

Recommended Reading and Online Resources:

Drew Smith
Executive Director
Friends Council on Education
1507 Cherry Street ~ Philadelphia, PA 19102

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