CHESHIRE, Conn. – In an effort to assist schools in dealing with challenging issues the CIAC hosted “Legal Workshop: Transgender Students and Individuals with Disabilities in Activities-What Every School Needs to Know” on Monday, March 25 at the CAS-CIAC office.
Mr. Thomas Mooney and Ms. Julie Fay of the law firm of Shipman and Goodman directed the presentation to help schools understand guidelines dealing with rights of transgender students and recent statements from the Office of Civil Rights regarding opportunities for students with disabilities. Principals, athletics directors and other administrators were all invited to the workshop with 40 in attendance. The workshop presentation will also be available for principals and athletics directors to view on-line.
The two-hour workshop emphasized that opportunities for activities need to be provided to students with disabilities either within interscholastic competition with modifications or in other venues if interscholastic competition is not appropriate. The discussion on transgender students emphasized the difficulty of interpreting policy that is evolving quickly but emphasized that schools should be proactive in preparing plans and policies to accommodate transgender students in a meaningful and thoughtful way.
The CIAC will be reviewing and editing its by-laws as currently written to insure its policies are in compliance with the changes in legislation and policy in regard to transgender students and students with disabilities.