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S.D. high school association approves policy for transgender students

Thursday, June 12, 2014

PIERRE, S.D. — The South Dakota board that governs activities for high school students has adopted policies on the eligibility of international and transgender students’ participation in sports and fine arts groups.

South-DakotaThe High School Activities Association board met Wednesday. The transgender policy, previously discussed in detail, has passed with a 4-1 vote.

The policy requires schools to review requests by transgender students or their guardians and decide which team the student can participate on.

A committee then will make the final ruling.

Another approved policy regulates participation of international students in sports and activities, in part to prevent overseas recruitment.

The criteria require students be part of an approved international exchange program and possess a certain visa.

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