In a 4 P.M. meeting on Tuesday at Las Cruces Public Schools central office, the LCPS school board received a guidance document that maps out how campuses will welcome transgender students.
The district publicly released its ongoing plan that involves equal treatment for their transgender and non-conforming gender students.
The document gives information on dealing with a locker room and restroom accessibility. As of last year, each school was equipped with an all gender restroom and the district says the upgrades didn’t affect its budget.
“There was really no major cost and it was with money that the district allocates each year for any upgrades to facilities so the cost was not a large expense for the district,” Dr. Lozano of LCPS tells KTSM.
President of the school board Ed Frank, says allowing trans students the ability to choose what locker room or bathroom they feel comfortable using is just one part of making them feel safe.
Frank also says no matter what they are prepared to stand by their decisions in the document if they do get backlash from the community.
“We’re here for students we will support students, so we want to do what it takes for them to feel safe so they can learn so we will certainly support the students,” said Frank.
The guidance is a working document that will change as needed for the district and their students.
“This is a step to facilitate that conversation with our principals and have something that is standardized throughout our district,” said Lozano.
This is not a policy, but a guidance document that was adopted from a similar plan off of Albuquerque public schools. The plan is to be used by staff and schools on a daily basis.