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Rather, individual school principals handle requests on a "case-by-case basis," a majority of district spokespeople said, refusing to elaborate.
Spokespeople for the Colonial and Indian River school districts noted that their districts' nondiscrimination policies cover gender identity.
Madison, who socially transitioned from male to female two years ago and is now a freshman at Cape Henlopen High, said she had to circulate a petition and threaten a "bathroom strike" before the school would agree to let her use the girl's bathroom."I don't even know how I'm going to do this," she said of the next three years.
In Appoquinimink, spokeswoman Lillian Miles said no transgender student has "requested the use of a bathroom or locker facility that corresponds to his or her gender identity."Appoquininimk, along with Milford and Polytech, offers transgender students the option of using gender-neutral bathrooms in the nurse's office or elsewhere.
Since 2013, Delaware has joined a minority of states that expressly prohibit discrimination based on gender identity, which falls under the umbrella of protected classes like race, religion, ethnicity and sexual orientation.
The First State also bans insurance companies from limiting or excluding health care coverage for transgender people, whose gender identity differs from the sex they were assigned at birth.
In 2014, Indian River students flooded a school board meeting to protest comments made by one board member, Shaun Fink, about eliminating homosexuality from the health curriculum and promoting abstinence-only education.
The district later amended its policy to allow stoles for all approved high school clubs and organizations.
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On paper, the state of Delaware ranks in the top tier of progressive states when it comes to protecting the civil rights of transgender people.
"At some point, I do think the state should provide guidance."Spokespeople for the remaining eight districts, half of them in Sussex, did not respond to any questions on the issue.
The News Journal did not survey all private and charter schools statewide.