A new policy in Las Cruces Public Schools will be announced Tuesday afternoon, and it will be making quite the impact on students who identify as part of the LGBTQ community.
The policy has been in the works for over a year, with the goal of making schools more welcoming for transgender students. LCPS is releasing a plan to help accommodate trans students’ needs including bathroom usage.
Every school a part of the district now contains all-gender bathrooms, this is just one part of changes the district is conforming to as they move forward in creating a safe place for transgender students.
“We protect them from any harassment or bullying that may occur, because of the way they identify with their gender identity, so what the main rule of the school is to bring people to the table and talk about what is best for the student,” Dr.Lozano with LCPS tells KTSM.
The principal of Sanoma Elementary School says it’s important these students start feeling welcome at a young age.
“They’re already going through an identity crisis and trying to find out who they are as a child, and I think it’s very important for them to feel that they are loved, respected and valued, and it starts in school,” says Melissa Galaz.
Transgender and non-conforming gender students are also given the opportunity to use whichever locker room they prefer. The district says it is nothing but accepting.
“I think it’s something that we should be doing already, regardless of where you come from, what you believe in, we’re going to treat you the same, and we’re going to provide you with the best quality education we could possibly give you,” said Lozano.
The policy is one that was adapted from a similar one in the Albuquerque public schools and will be reviewed and tweaked as needed.