In California, public schools are legally mandated to follow education code that supports LGBTQ students, and ensure that schools are safe and inclusive learning environments. San Francisco Unified School District Board Policies affirms California education code and includes additional mandates for schools.
It is our responsibility to:
- Treat students equally, prevent and respond to reports of bullying, harassment, and discrimination, regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression.
- Respect students' dress and behavior that does not conform to stereotypes associated with their gender, with respect to the student dress code.
- Provide LGBTQ-inclusive social studies, history and comprehensive sexual health education.
- Refer students by the gender pronoun and name that fits their gender identity.
- Provide access to school activities, spaces such as locker rooms and restrooms, that fit with their gender identity.
- Implement and provide access to gender-neutral restrooms, dress code policies, and classroom practices.
- Provide students opportunities to speak out about LGBTQ issues, including wearing LGBTQ-affirming t-shirts, stickers and bracelets, and access information about LGBTQ issues on school computers, and to bring same-gender dates to prom.
- Support the formation of Genders & Sexualities Alliance (GSA) clubs or similar LGBTQ-related student clubs.
- Respect student’s individual choice to be "out" and be themselves at school, and seek their permission of when and to whom staff can discuss their LGBTQ identity.
- Recognize student’s consent to sensitive LGBTQ or sexual health-related services without seeking permission from caregiver/parent, if they are age 12 or older.
Download SFUSD LGBTQ Student Rights
How to File a Complaint
The District's Uniform Complaint procedures shall be used to report and resolve complaints alleging discrimination against transgender and gender-nonconforming students. Examples of bases for complaints include, but are not limited to, the above list.