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LPS & Gender Identity

LPS & Gender Identity
Learning Prep School - Gretchen Petersen

By: Gretchen Petersen, Chief Operating Officer

Excellence in education and social development requires a diverse, inclusive community with a growth mindset featuring many voices and perspectives. Learning Prep strives to create a safe and welcoming space for everyone. At LPS, we recognize, respect, and celebrate all differences including differences in genders and gender identities.

There is no medical or treatment threshold that individuals must meet in order to have their gender identity recognized and respected by all members of our community. All our students have different identities, learning styles, and needs. When it comes to gender identity, these needs can range from identity questioning to gender assertion. If students seek guidance from school, we must take into account many factors as we support them. We do our best to balance these differing needs, including the individual’s preference, the protection of privacy, the need for social integration, partnership with a student’s family, the removal of stigmas, and individual safety. In providing an environment that is free of discrimination for all people regardless of assigned sex, gender identity, or gender expression, we are following both our student-focused approach to education and the the Non-Discrimination on the Basis of Gender Identity Law (G.L. c. 76, § 5,2).

To increase the safety and support of our students on this topic, we have enacted two policy changes. We have designated single-stall, gender-neutral bathrooms and created policies to follow for students changing their name or pronouns on internal documents (see links below). As you will see on those documents, students younger than 14 will need their parent/guardian/caregiver to be part of the requesting process. Students aged 14 and above can request a name change themselves without parent/guardian/caregiver permission.

We recognize that this is a delicate and challenging topic. As a school, we want to provide the most support possible to our students and their families. If you have any questions, do not hesitate to reach out to me, Amy Davis, or, especially, your counselor.

We appreciate your continued support in creating a safe and inclusive environment for all of our LPS community members.

Change in Student Name or Pronoun

Preferred Name Change Form