Gender Inclusive Schools FAQs

NASP has a long-standing commitment to advocacy efforts aimed at ensuring that schools are safe and inclusive learning environments for all students. Students who are transgender and gender-expansive are among schools' most vulnerable youth, experiencing bullying and harassment at disproportionately high levels. School psychologists play an important role in turning around these negative situations by helping to foster a school climate that promotes acceptance of diversity and security for all. To that end, school psychologists can provide evidence-based information and professional development to staff and students about transgender issues, provide counseling and mental health supports to transgender and gender-expansive students, and work with allied organizations to advocate for safe and supportive school settings for transgender and gender-expansive students and their families. The following sets of FAQs were developed by NASP and Gender Spectrum to guide school psychologists in their daily practice as they consult with teachers, administrators, and parents on ways to ensure that schools are welcoming, safe, and gender inclusive.

NASP Position Statement

Safe Schools for Transgender and Gender Diverse Students
NASP supports efforts to ensure that schools are safe and inclusive learning environments for all students, family members, and school staff and respect a person's right to express his or her gender identity.

Related Resource(s)

Gender Spectrum’s Transgender Students and School Bathrooms: Frequently Asked Questions addresses common questions that arise at the school and district level as educators work to create inclusive bathroom policies.

Gender Spectrum's Schools In Transition: A Guide for Supporting Transgender in K-12 Schools offers practical guidance and field-tested tips to parents, educators, administrators, and community members on planning and supporting a transgender student through a transition at school.