In May 2016 Derby Public Schools Board of Education complied with the guidance letter issued by the Department of Education and Department of Justice in relation to transgender students, which allowed students to use the bathroom of the gender they identify with. This guidance was followed until a new letter was issued on February 22, 2017 by the Department of Education and Department of Justice, which rescinded the previous guidance letter.
The new guidance letter focuses on the role of the States and local school districts in establishing educational policy. The new guidance letter continues to emphasize that all students should be able to learn in a safe environment and the Office of Civil Rights will continue its duty under law to hear all claims of discrimination and to protect all students.
Based on the new guidance letter, the Board of Education voted 5-2 on Monday, February 27 to return to the process used prior to the May 2016 guidance letter. All students' needs will be handled on a case by case basis and accommodations will be made to support their needs to ensure a successful learning environment. These procedures will go into affect on March 6, 2017 in order to ease the transition for students and staff.