On May 13, the Obama administration issued a directive for every public school district in the United States to allow transgender students to use the bathrooms that match their gender identify. The directive was issued in a joint letter from the U.S. Department of Justice and the U.S. Department of Education.

View the Dear Colleague Letter on Transgender Students from the Departments of Justice and Education — and Examples of Policies and Emerging Practices for Supporting Transgender Students from the Department of Education.

In a press release, the Department of Education states that the guidance explains that once a school is notified that a student is transgender, the school “must treat the student consistent with the gender identity. A school may not require transgender students to have a medical diagnosis, undergo any medical treatment, or produce a birth certificate or other identification document before treating them consistent with their gender identity.” 

View the complete press release from the U.S. Department of Education.

See a May 13 blog post from the U.S. Department of Education for more information.

View a statement from the National School Boards Association.

Read a statement from Minnesota Department of Education Commissioner Brenda Cassellius.

See MSBA's Briefing on Issues Relative to Transgender Students in Public Schools for guidance for school board members.

NSBA’s Office of General Counsel is reviewing the related documents.

School board members and officials should stay tuned for updates through NSBA's Transgender Students in Schools: Frequently Asked Questions and Answers for School Boards and Staff guide.