Gender Support

Aligning with CREC’s statement of Diversity and Inclusion, “...While at CREC Magnet Schools, staff and students commit to affirm and honor the lived experiences of others…,” CREC schools and programs have the goal of creating and sustaining safe, inclusive, respectful and healthful environments for all students. 


  • Parents/guardians or students may request a name and/or gender marker change for themselves or their child by asking a trusted staff member at school.

  • CREC follows CT state guidance by honoring all requests for name and/or gender marker changes based on a change in gender identity.

  • CREC School records accurately reflect a student’s chosen name and gender identity.

  • CREC Schools treat transgender students according to their gender identity and expression, including when accessing restroom and locker room facilities. 

According to Connecticut Guidance on Civil Rights Protections and Supports for Transgender Students, “If requested by a student or parent/guardian, the name and/or gender marker (designation of student’s gender on educational records) on the student’s educational records should be changed to ensure that school records accurately reflect the student’s chosen name and gender identity.”

If you, a parent/guardian or student, need help with changing your name and/or gender marker, ask a trusted adult. CREC works closely with students and families in order to ensure that schools create a supportive environment for students experiencing gender transition. We can help!

CREC Gender Support Plans

Modeled after Gender Spectrum’s Gender Support Plan, the CREC Gender Support Plan is designed to create a shared understanding between parents/guardians, students, and school staff of how the student’s gender-related needs will be accounted for at school. It has been adapted to fit the needs of CREC schools and systems.

CREC Gender Support Plan - Student Version


CT BOE Guidance on Civil Rights Protections and Supports for Transgender Students FAQ

FAQs and Guidance on Civil Rights Protections and Supports for Trans Students. Outlines CT BOE guidelines on the use of "single sex facilities," protection of student information and data propriety, and gives basic overview on understanding gender

CT BOE Guidance on Civil Rights Protections and Supports for Transgender Students

State and federal laws surrounding equal educational opportunities for transgender students, gender terminology, student records and information, participation in PE and use of locker rooms, equitable enforcement of dress codes, exact language present in statutes.

GLAD Rights of LGBTQ Youth in Connecticut (September 2018)

What are my rights as a public school student? As a student in foster care?  Additional legal resources and mental health resources, plus ways to contact youth groups

GLAD Want to Know Your Rights as an LGBTQ Student?

Rights of public and private school students inside and outside of school, plus steps to take if you are being bullied or harassed

GLSEN Supporting Trans and GNC Students

Think of this source like a link tree. It has so many links and resources that it is a good starting place for anyone who wants to learn more about Trans issues and is willing to take the time to dive in.

HRC Advice for Transgender and Non-Binary Students Heading Back to School

Advice on a range of school related things from other TGNC people and HRC staff members.

Students - Know Your Rights, ACLU and GLSEN

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