The New York City Department of Education has adopted guidelines “to help schools ensure a safe learning environment free of discrimination and harassment, and to promote the educational and social integration of transgender students.” The guidelines provide that students should be addressed by school staff by the name and pronoun corresponding to their gender identity that is consistently asserted at school. Additionally, transgender students are to be provided the same opportunities to participate in physical education as are all other students. Generally, students should be permitted to participate in physical education and sports in accordance with the student’s gender identity that is consistently asserted at school.
With regard to locker rooms and bathrooms, “(t)he use of restrooms and locker rooms by transgender students requires schools to consider numerous factors, including, but not limited to: the transgender student’s preference; protecting student privacy; maximizing social integration of the transgender student; minimizing stigmatization of the student; ensuring equal opportunity to participate; the student’s age; and protecting the safety of the students involved. A transgender student who expresses a need or desire for increased privacy should be provided with reasonable alternative arrangements. Reasonable alternative arrangements may include the use of a private area, or a separate changing schedule, or use of a single stall restroom. Any alternative arrangement should be provided in a way that protects the student’s ability to keep his or her transgender status confidential. A transgender student should not be required to use a locker room or restroom that conflicts with the student’s gender identity.”
These guidelines have no statement about the rights of girls to be free from male-bodied people in sex-segregated spaces.