Oshkosh School District develops transgender athlete policy
OSHKOSH - The Oshkosh School District is developing a policy for transgender athletes. This comes after a push from the WIAA asking schools in Northeast Wisconsin to comply with new state guidelines.
The WIAA sent out the set of new guidelines in June to all school districts across the state. The Oshkosh School District is one of the first in Northeast Wisconsin to take those guidelines and start developing their own policy.
Oshkosh leaders say they are still in the early stages. The policy would focus on the two high schools in the School District: Oshkosh West and Oshkosh North.
The two schools have almost 1,000 student athletes. Oshkosh leader say they are looking at WIAA guidelines which have three goals: equal opportunity, physical safety and competitive equity.
The guidelines suggest students follow steps to qualify as transgender athletes. Some examples are giving a written statement and providing medical documents.
The Oshkosh School District is hoping to have a policy in place before the 2014-2015 school year.