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Gender ID issues in physical ed and athletics

Physical education is a required course in all grades in Massachusetts public schools and school-based athletics are an important part of many students’ lives. Most physical education classes in Massachusetts’ schools are co-ed, so the gender identity of students should not be an issue with respect to these classes. Where there are sex-segregated classes or athletic activities, including intramural and interscholastic athletics, all students must be allowed to participate in a manner consistent with their gender identity. With respect to interscholastic athletics, the Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association will rely on the gender determination made by the student’s district; it will not make separate gender identity determinations.

Source: The Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education’s “Guidance for Massachusetts Public Schools.”


Valley schools applaud transgender student directives

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Area students, educators and activists are applauding new state guidelines on the treatment of transgender students as a needed step in creating safer, more supportive public schools. They say the guidelines will help raise awareness about issues that are still uncharted territory for many school districts. “A lot of people still don’t know that sex is different from gender,” said …

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