Chancellor Richard Carranza announced that students of the five boroughs could decide their name/gender identification without documentation for permanent records, in an effort to be more supportive of all students.
Beginning with the 2019-20 school year, students will be able to change their gender marker and or name with a parent/guardian’s permission by submitting a signed Name and Gender Change Request Form to their school’s accounting secretary or principal’s designee. These name/gender changes will be included on permanent records such as report cards, diplomas, and ATS enrollment data.
The press statement also released a set of guidelines on how to support transgender and gender expansive students.
“Schools must be proactive in creating a culture and practices that respect and value all students and foster understanding of gender identity and expression within the school community,” The guidelines state. “Creating such an inclusive culture will greatly affect what research shows: that transgender and gender expansive students are at higher risk for being marginalized, victimized, or bullied. An inclusive environment will mitigate the bias, misunderstanding, and/or a lack of knowledge about transgender and gender expansive student’s experiences.”