California law and District policy require that all programs, activities, and employment
practices be free from discrimination based on sex, sexual orientation, or gender identity.
This policy is designed in keeping with these mandates to create a safe learning environment
for all students and to ensure that every student has equal access to all school programs and
This policy sets out guidelines for schools and district staff to address the needs of
transgender and gender nonconforming students and clarifies how state law should be
implemented in situations where questions may arise about how to protect the legal rights or
safety of such students. This policy does not anticipate every situation that might occur with
respect to transgender or gender nonconforming students, and the needs of each
transgender or gender nonconforming student must be assessed on a case-by-case basis. In
all cases, the goal is to ensure the safety, comfort, and healthy development of the
transgender or gender nonconforming student while maximizing the student’s social
integration and minimizing stigmatization of the student.
The definitions provided here are not intended to label students but rather to assist in
understanding this policy and the legal obligations of District staff. Students might or might
not use these terms to describe themselves.
• “Gender identity” is a person’s deeply held sense or psychological knowledge of their
own gender, regardless of the gender they were assigned at birth. Everyone has a gender
• “Transgender” describes people whose gender identity is different from their gender
assigned at birth.
• “Gender expression” refers to the way a person expresses gender, such as clothing,
hairstyles, activities, or mannerisms.
• “Gender nonconforming” describes people whose gender expression differs from
stereotypical expectations, such as “feminine” boys, “masculine” girls, and those who are
perceived as androgynous.