CHERRY HILL, N.J. (AP) — A southern New Jersey school district is set to adopt a policy allowing transgender students to use facilities associated with their gender identity.

The Cherry Hill Public Schools Board of Education said Friday that it’s planning to adopt the policy next month.

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Students will be able to use both bathrooms and locker rooms of the gender with which they identify. They can also use a gender neutral bathroom and can request alternative changing areas.

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The policy is supposed to help ensure all students have equal access to educational programs and activities. A district official says the policy is meant to show the board’s commitment to its students and to comply with federal and state laws.

The district says it is illegal to discriminate based on gender identity or expression.

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