by Guy Page
A school in the Essex-Westford school district changed its records to reflect the gender identity of the student, according to an approving letter published in the 2022-23 Annual Report.
Teachers were also very active in promoting different and non-gender language, the letter claims.
According to the photo of the published letter, provided by an interested Essex resident, the letter praises both the classroom teachers and the school administration.
“The registrar let me know via a supportive email that my student’s gender in their school records had been changed to reflect their gender identity. She reiterated that the school respects and supports children’s authentic gender identities,” the letter says.
It also stresses that teachers taught all students how to address students claiming non-traditional gender identities. “My child’s Spanish teacher taught the class about recent changes in the language to include non-gendered endings, which gives my child and their classmates messages of both acceptance as well as appropriate language to use for all students.”
The publication of the letter drew criticism from the parent who provided it to Vermont Daily Chronicle. “This district is so confident that nobody will stand up that they put it out there for everyone to see… even going so far as to teach children a made up language,” the parent said.