Free Consultation: 856-642-6445

Mobile Inner Banner 2

2018 Guidelines for Meeting Transgender Student Needs


Free Telephone Consultation

Stay connected with us:

Schedule a Free Phone Consultation

2018 Guidelines for Meeting Transgender Student Needs

NJ Special Education Lawyers

As 2017 comes to an end, those of us in the special education arena are already looking ahead to 2018.  Next year, it is expected that the Commissioner of Education will issue guidelines related to transgender students. Earlier this year, Governor Christie signed legislation that requires the Commissioner of Education to develop guidelines for school districts regarding transgender students. These guidelines are expected sometime in 2018 and are intended to provide school districts with direction in addressing the needs of transgender students. The guidelines are also intended to assist schools in developing their own policies and procedures for transgender students.

The guidelines are required to include information and guidance regarding:

  1. Definitions of terms relevant to an understanding of transgender issues;
  2. Maintaining a safe and supportive learning environment free from discrimination and harassment;
  3. Confidentiality and privacy concerns regarding a student’s transgender or transitioning status;
  4. Procedures for the maintenance of official school records;
  5. Use of the name and pronoun that corresponds to a student’s gender identity;
  6. Issuance of school documentation such as student ID’s in the name that corresponds to a student’s gender identity, and permitting transgender students to dress in accordance with their gender identity;
  7. Equal opportunities for participation in physical education;
  8. Participation in gender-segregated school activities in accordance with a student’s gender identity;
  9. The use of restrooms and locker rooms;
  10.  Ensuring that school counselors are knowledgeable regarding issues and concerns relevant to transgender students;
  11. Permitting and supporting the formation of student clubs or programs regarding issues related to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning (LGBTQ) youth; and
  12. Information on organizations or other resources available to students and parents that provide support to transgender individuals.

The legislation also requires the Commissioner to provide school districts with guidance and resources for professional development for teachers, administration, guidance counselors, bus drivers, coaches and other school staff regarding issues and concerns relevant to LGBTQ students and on making other developmentally appropriate information about LGBTQ issues available to schools for inclusion in school libraries, guidance offices and nurse’s offices.

The Special Education Legal Team at McDowell, Posternock, Apell and Detrick will keep watch for the expected guidelines and will continue to keep you up to date on this and other issues of importance to the Special Education community. Contact us today if you have any questions.

Straightforward and honest

I’ve known and worked with Jeff Apell on real estate transactions, and trust him, so I went to Posternock Apell to prepare our wills. He has a straightforward and honest approach as well as excellent communication.

Elisa D.

Our Awards

Posternock Apell, PC attorneys have received recognition from various groups and publications. Specific awards are noted on our attorney bios. More information about each of these awards and the methodology used for selection can be found on the following links. Super Lawyers, Awesome Attorneys. No aspect of these accolades has been approved by the Supreme Court of New Jersey.

Schedule a Free Phone Consultation

Fill out the form below to receive a free and confidential initial consultation.
For immediate assistance during business hours, call us at 856-642-6445.

Toll Free





400 North Church St. Suite 250
Moorestown, NJ 08057

Local: (856) 642-6445

Fax: (856) 642-6148

Map & Directions

Browns Mills

57 Juliustown Rd
Browns Mills, NJ 08015

Local: (856) 861-3473

Fax: (609) 893-1277

Map & Directions


1528 Walnut St, Suite 2015
Philadelphia, PA 19102


Map & Directions