BISD believes in fostering an educational environment that is safe and free of discrimination for all students, regardless of sex, gender identity, or gender expression.
To that end, the BISD School Board adopted Gender-Inclusive Schools Board Policy 3212 in October 2015. BISD recognizes the importance of an inclusive approach toward transgender and gender-expansive students with regard to key terms, communication and the use of names and pronouns, student records, confidential health and education information, communication, restroom and locker room use and accessibility, sports and physical education, dress codes and other school activities, in order to provide these students with an equal opportunity for learning and achievement.
In May 2021, the BISD School Board adopted Race, Equity, and Identity Board Policy 3111. BISD aspires for historically underserved students to thrive in an environment that notices, acknowledges, and values who they are and contributes to their academic achievement. We strive to provide respectful and culturally relevant learning environments that honor diversity and create schools where students, families, community members and employees feel welcomed and supported. Race, as well as socio-economic status, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, and ability must cease to be a predictor of student success. The entire community benefits when every child succeeds; therefore, we have a collective responsibility and require accountability to ensure that children of every race, national origin, language, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, socioeconomic status, and ability reach their full potential.
BISD’s current District Improvement Plan also speaks to the district’s commitment to ensuring all feel honored, welcomed, respected and connected.