Gender Support Checklist for Transgender and Non-Binary Students

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Student’s Name

  • What name will the student use?
  • Is the student using a different name at home? What name is the student using with siblings or other family members?
  • Is the student using this name in all school environments or only a few?

Pronouns

  • Do we know the pronouns this student wants to use? (Some students may not use pronouns at all. You may also have students who use multiple pronouns.)
  • Is the student using these pronouns at home?
  • Is the student using these pronouns with siblings or other family members?
  • Is the student using these pronouns in all school environments or only a few?

School Database

  • Is the student’s name being changed in the school database?
  • What is the procedure for this in our district? Who is the school contact person? Who is the district contact person?
  • Does the family know this is an option (if the student has affirming family members)?
  • Is the student’s gender marker being changed in the school database?
  • What is the procedure for this in our district? Who is the school contact person? Who is the district contact person?
  • Does the family know this is an option (if the student has affirming family members)?

Family Support

  • Does this student have affirming family members?
  • Is the student currently affirmed by some adults in their home life, but not all?
  • Do appropriate staff know how to communicate with the family while protecting the student’s well-being? Every situation is unique.
  • Has the school connected the family to local resources such as a Transgender or Non-Binary Parent Support Group? (Do this only if this is safe for the student. Always ask the student about family dynamics.)

School Support

  • Has the school designated one or two primary support people for the student who will check in with them at least once a week?
  • Has there been professional development planned for the staff without violating the student’s privacy?
  • Are staff aware of policies and procedures to support transgender and non-binary students?
  • Are staff aware of anti-bullying/harassment policies?
  • Who would follow through and develop a plan if bullying   or harassment occurred?

Gendered Facilities and Activities

  • Which restroom(s) will the student use?
  • Will the student need support around where to change clothes for physical education? What locker room will the student use?
  • Will a staff member coordinate supports for field trips and/or overnight school trips?
  • Will a staff member support the student in being fully included in gendered sports aligned with their gender identity?