As stated in our mission, at Fayerweather Street School (FSS), we believe in truly knowing each child, valuing individual differences, and celebrating diverse perspectives. We are committed to developing a strong sense of community in which every member feels valued. One way FSS commits to these ideals is by recognizing, supporting, and celebrating each student’s gender identity and expression.
Gender is complex, and everyone is deserving of acceptance, belonging, and celebration. As part of the mission of FSS, we seek to support students with their understanding of themselves, and to provide as safe and welcoming a space as possible to allow students to live and learn as their authentic selves.
At FSS, we recognize that gender is a central part of each person’s identity and deserves to be honored alongside other aspects of our students’ selves. FSS has created specific guidelines and policies related to gender support, such as the school’s name and pronoun guidelines , our bathroom use policies , and our gender support plan.
Understanding of gender identity and expression, along with many other aspects of a person’s identity, can grow, shift, and change as individuals explore themselves and their world. Research* supports the approach of letting each student set the pace and direction of their gender exploration. FSS acknowledges that communication and collaboration between school and home is the best way to build a strong and supportive environment for all students.
This statement is designed to be an overall vision in regards to gender support, and the guidelines and policies referred to are meant to help support individual students and situations. FSS will work with students and families directly with each circumstance that warrants support. As always, families are encouraged to contact the school with any questions.