School officials should be mindful of privacy issues as they relate to students’ gender identity and sexual orientation and how those issues might be communicated to parents. The question of whether students have a right to have those statuses kept from their parents is one to consider carefully in the school setting and to be clearly communicated with school employees.
There is no clear answer, and a lot will depend on the circumstances of each case. For example, the age of the student in question is a factor. A much younger student expressing a gender identity other than the sex assigned to him/her at birth might warrant parental involvement due to developmental issues surrounding the situation. In that event, there might be a real and important need to communicate with parents regarding restroom facility accommodation, possible bullying and the like.
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This first week of May marks Teacher Appreciation Week, and I hope you will take time to communicate your gratitude for the teachers who have helped shape your life and who are shaping your children's lives.
This week, the Tulsa World revealed that the Oklahoma Workers Compensation Commission met secretly with an information technology vendor and held at least four executive sessions to discuss budgetary and general personnel matters.
Our executive director explains our funders and why they support our mission.