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Policies for transgender students at metro area schools continue to evolve

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Policies for transgender students at Portland area schools are continuing to evolve as the White House has issued a directive that public schools allow transgender students to use the bathroom consistent with their gender identity.

FOX 12 reached out to the major districts in the metro area Friday following statements from leaders of the federal justice and education departments regarding expectations for bathrooms and locker rooms with regard to transgender students.

The local districts made it clear they support the rights of transgender students and are striving for a discrimination-free environment, but the implementation of concepts and policies is still evolving throughout the public school system.

About three years ago, Grant High School in northeast Portland created six unisex bathrooms. Portland Public Schools reports that there are gender-neutral restrooms at all levels of their schools.

The Vancouver School District's transgender policy states, "If available, the district will provide access to gender-neutral restroom facilities; however, students will be allowed to use the restroom that corresponds to the gender identity they assert at school."

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