NEW YORK — Cambridge High School is accepting girls and boys as freshmen and sophomores, officials said Thursday.
Cambridgeshire County School District said the decision comes in the wake of the death of a 14-year-old student who died last week from a seizure at the school.
A spokeswoman for the district, Jennifer Baker, said that the school would now require that the students be identified only by their first name, first initial and last name in order to prevent bullying.
The district has previously had to change the first names of incoming students from boys to girls, but said the new policy would be phased in over time.
Students who have already been accepted will be allowed to continue to use the names they chose during the application process.
“We have been made aware of the unfortunate incident involving the 14-yr-old male student,” Baker said.
“We are making a decision based on what we know and what is in the best interest of the student and the district.
We will continue to provide support and counseling for the student, and we will make sure the student is safe and is receiving the best possible education possible.”
The policy also applies to students who transfer from one school to another, Baker said, but that students who apply for transfer can choose their school at that time.
Baker said the district also has a policy in place for students who do not choose their own school.
The district has a process that allows students who are currently in school to transfer to another school if the student wants to transfer.
Earlier this week, Boston Public Schools released an announcement on the school system’s new policy, which allows students to apply for admission as long as they identify themselves by their primary and last names.
Since the school year began on April 1, the district has accepted more than 1,500 students.
On Thursday, Boston Mayor Marty Walsh called on schools to adopt the same policy, calling it “a tremendous step forward.”
In addition to eliminating bullying, the new policies could help improve the quality of life for students, Baker added.
In April, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in favor of a Massachusetts high school student who sued the state after he was denied admission because of his gender identity.
The school district had to remove him from the students’ enrollment after he told administrators he was transgender.
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