Personnel Services

Transgender Issues

  • Lewis-Palmer School District seeks to foster an educational environment that is safe and free from all discrimination for all students, an environment where all students belong.   We believe that it is in the best interest of our students to deal with individual students to find solutions that best preserve the individual’s rights and the rights of the group as a whole.

    If you have specific questions or concerns they certainly can be answered by the building principal or the Director of Student Services, Bob Foster.

    For more information, please see the following document:

    Mathis Decision

Frequently Asked Questions:

  • Is this new to Colorado?
    No, Colorado is one of seventeen states that identified sexual orientation, including transgender status, as a protected class status under the Colorado Anti-Discrimination Act in 2008. Lewis-Palmer schools have been dealing successfully with the issue in accordance with Colorado law for some time, and at no time have we had substantial issues. 

    What is sexual orientation?
    State law defines "sexual orientation" as "a person’s orientation toward heterosexuality, homosexuality, bisexuality, or transgender status or another person’s perception hereof." C.R.S. 2-4-401 (13.5) 

    What about bathrooms and locker rooms?
    In 2009, the Colorado Civil Rights Commission clarified that public schools should allow transgender students to use the facilities that correspond with their gender identity. (Colorado Department of Regulatory Agencies Division of Civil Rights) Most students want to avoid excessive focus on their personal identification. When issues arise, we work towards a solution that is legal and respects all students.

    Lewis-Palmer's policy aligns with Colorado Law. LPSD is committed to meeting the needs of transgender students and engaging students and families in solutions that are respectful of their individual needs and the needs of the school community.