The current Diversity Statement was adopted in January 2011 and is reviewed periodically both by the Diversity Committee and the Board of Directors. The Committee also works with the faculty throughout the school year to provide classroom and all-school resources. To read the full statement, click here. In 2017, the Board of Directors updated the Non-Discrimination Policy as well as adopting Gender Diversity Guidelines.
Our Non-Discrimination Policy (updated and approved January 12, 2017)
The Children's School admits students of any race, color, and national and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities accorded or made available to students at the school. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, religion, or national or ethnic origin in administration of its educational policies, hiring policies, admissions policies, financial aid program, or any other school-administered programs.
Gender Diversity Guidelines (adopted January 12, 2017)
Our overarching goal is to have TCS be a safe learning space for all. These guidelines are to assist and provide direction for the TCS community to address issues that may arise concerning the needs of students who are transgender, transitioning, gender questioning or otherwise gender non-conforming. Because this is an evolving area, some of this guidance will undoubtedly change over time.
TCS will continue to proactively create a school culture that respects and values all students and fosters understanding of gender identity and gender expression within the community. These guidelines do not anticipate every situation that may occur. The needs of each student must be assessed on a case-by-case basis.
- Transgender describes people whose gender identity or gender expression is different from their assigned sex at birth. Cisgender describes people whose gender identity or gender expression is the same as their assigned sex at birth.
- Gender identity is a person’s inner sense of being male, female, third gender, gender fluid, or something else, regardless of their sex assigned at birth.
- Gender expression refers to how a person expresses gender to others—behavior, clothing, hairstyles, activities, voice, or mannerisms-- in ways that are socially defined as either masculine or feminine.
- Gender non-conforming person is a person whose gender identity and/or gender expression do not conform to the social expectations or norms for a person of that sex assigned at birth.
The Children’s School admits students of any race, color, and national and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities accorded or made available to students at the school. The Children’s School does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, religion, or national or ethnic origin in administration of its educational policies, hiring policies, admissions policies, financial aid program, or any other school-administered programs.
TCS Administration/Staff will work closely with the student and family in devising an appropriate plan regarding the confidentiality of the student’s gender status that works for both the student and the school. Privacy considerations may vary with the age of the student. Any plan put in place will be reviewed annually or as needed.
Students who are transgender or gender non-conforming have the right, as do all students, to discuss and express their gender identity and gender expression openly and decide when, with whom, and how much of their private information to share with others.
If appropriate, TCS Administration/Staff will work with the student and their family on a plan to inform and educate the student’s peers/families. TCS Administration/Staff will also at their discretion engage internal and external resources to assist with educational efforts.
Some students may not want their parents to know about their transgender status. These situations will be addressed on a case-by-case basis and TCS will make efforts to balance the goal of supporting the student with the requirement that parents be kept informed about their children.
TCS Community will address students by their preferred name and pronouns. To the extent possible and consistent with these guidelines, school personnel will make efforts to maintain the confidentiality of the student’s transgender status.
TCS Administration will maintain records of each student which include the name and gender designation of the student as reflected on their original application.
To the extent that TCS is not legally required to use a student’s legal name or gender on school records and other documents, the school will use the name and gender preferred by the student.
Sports and Physical Education
Students who are transgender are to be provided the same opportunities to participate in physical education as are all other students. Generally, a student should be permitted to participate in physical education and sports in accordance with the student’s gender identity.
Restroom and Locker Room Accessibility
The use of restrooms and locker rooms by students who are transgender or gender non-conforming requires the school to consider numerous factors, including but not limited to: the student’s preference; protecting student privacy; maximizing social integration of the student; minimizing stigmatization of the student; ensuring equal opportunity to participate; and the student’s age. As in all areas of school policy, the safety of students is of primary importance.
A transgender or gender non-conforming student who expresses a need or desire for increased privacy should be provided with reasonable alternative arrangements. Reasonable alternative arrangements may include the use of a private area, or a separate changing schedule, or use of a single stall restroom. Any alternative arrangement should be provided in a way that protects the student’s ability to keep his or her gender status confidential.
A student who is transgender should not be required to use a locker room or restroom that conflicts with the student’s gender identity.
Gender Segregation in Other Areas
As a general rule, in any other circumstances where students are separated by gender in school activities (e.g., over night field trips), students should be permitted to participate in accordance with their gender identity. Activities that may involve the need for accommodations to address student privacy concerns will be addressed on a case-by-case basis considering the factors set forth above.
Resources for Transgender or Transitioning Students
If TCS Administration/Staff observes that a gender identity issue is presenting itself and creating challenges for the student at school, or if a student indicates an intention to transition, TCS Administration/Staff will make every effort to work with the student and the student’s parents. Where the student indicates an intention to transition, TCS Administration/Staff will work with the family to prepare for a formal gender transition at school and put in place measures for supporting the student and creating a sensitive, supportive environment at school. TCS Administration will assist with the following:
- Remaining vigilant for any bullying or harassment issue that may arise for students who are transgender, working to prevent bullying and harassment, and responding promptly when allegations of bullying and harassment arise;
- Making resources available to parents who have questions or concerns; and
- Developing age-appropriate lessons for students about gender diversity and acceptance.