When the United States Department of Education and Department of Justice rescinded Title IX sex and gender discrimination protections from transgender students in February of 2017, a sense of loss and fear was experienced by many in Melrose.
The Melrose School Committee, in collaboration with Superintendent Taymore, wish to reaffirm that all students and families are welcome in the Melrose Public Schools community, regardless of age, race, color, sex, gender identity, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, or disability.
It is important to remember that many others echo this support. Massachusetts helped lead the nation in establishing protections for students on the basis of gender identity with the passage of Chapter 199 of the Acts of 2011, “An Act Relative to Gender Identity.” Further, the MA Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) issued guidance to all MA public schools in 2012 with regards to gender identity, establishing transgender student’s right to a safe and affirming school environment, as well as important privacy of information protocols. In 2014 the City of Melrose became the 12th municipality in MA to amend their city’s human rights policy to include protections for transgender people.
Melrose Public Schools is committed to preserving its diversity and anti-discrimination protections. The differences we display make our community richer, and all students have the right to feel equal, safe, and empowered as they enjoy equal and unfettered access to education.
Respectfully submitted by: Melrose School Committee and Cyndy S. Taymore, Superintendent of Schools