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.
From what I’ve seen in the news and on social media, it would appear we’re entering a new era—or perhaps repeating a bygone era—in our country where walkouts, protests and strikes are becoming popular methods of choice for those wishing to be heard regarding various issues.
Never has this catch phrase been more true than this year!
You may not know about some of the solutions Google has to offer schools!
Take a moment! Breathe! Relax! Breathe again. Even better, involve your students! Research is showing that when a teacher introduces just 5 minutes of simple breathing techniques, yoga or meditation, students’ attention spans increase, their focus on topic improves and some studies show improved test scores and fewer cases of bullying.