The Nebraska School Activities Association Thursday voted 6-2 to approve a Gender Participation Policy. Executive Director Jim Tenopir this would allow transgender high school students to participate in activities according to their gender identity if they meet certain requirements.
Executive Director Jim Tenopir says, ” We have had a number of school administrators who have indicated to us they have transgender students in their schools and two of those students have expressed an interest in participating in NSAA activities.
The new policy states that first students and their parents must notify their local school administration and state what sports they want to participate in. School administrators then determine if the student meets the eligibility requirements to participate.
If the student is eligible the proposal is then sent to the association’s Gender Identity Eligibility Committee who will determine if the student meets further criteria. That includes documentation by health care providers. The new policy also requires that persons listed as female on their birth certificates have undergone a gender reassignment procedure or have had at least one year of hormone treatment.
Tenopir says the new policy also addresses locker and restroom use. He says, “The policy states that for NSAA activities they would either use the facilities of their birth gender, unless they have had sex reassignment surgery or would use a private facility.