The U.S. government has reached an agreement with a Southern California school district to resolve claims the district discriminated against a transgender student.
The deal was announced Wednesday by the Department of Education's Office and Civil Rights and the Arcadia Unified School District.
The complaint filed in October 2011 alleged the student, whose gender identity is male, wasn't able to use boys' bathrooms and locker rooms at a middle school. The student also was prevented from staying with other boys during a school-sponsored field trip.
The student, who was born female, will be treated like his male colleagues at school as part of the agreement. The district also will amend its policies to address gender-based discrimination.
The Pasadena Star-News reports the district has agreed to several key provisions:
The school district has agreed to: work with a consultant to support and assist the district in creating a safe, nondiscriminatory environment for transgender students, amend its policies and procedures to reflect that gender-based discrimination is a form of discrimination based on sex and train administrators and faculty on preventing gender-based discrimination and creating a nondiscriminatory school environment for transgender students.
Arcadia School District representatives did not immediately return phone calls.