Louisiana Department of Education attorneys are reviewing federal guidelines issued last week regarding the treatment of transgender students.

The department plans to "provide assistance to Louisiana’s school districts in addressing the needs of their students," spokesman Ken Pastorick said via email.

On Friday, the U.S. Department of Education and U.S. Department of Justice issued “significant guidance” on how schools that receive federal funding should treat transgender students. The guidelines prohibit bullying and discrimination of students based on gender.

Olabisi Okubadejo, an attorney with Ballard Spahr LLP in Baltimore, who has dealt with numerous federal guidelines pertaining to schools, said it wouldn’t be surprising if school districts add new language to such policies, to clarify that they address gender identity.

"If you don’t have a student who is transitioning or transgender, it may not come up for your particular school district. But I think every school district has to be prepared for that possibility, and needs to have protocols and a plan in place that may never be implemented, but could be if the need arises," Okubadejo said.

Okubadejo added that many districts may implement training for teachers on issues such as making sure they use the preferred pronoun and name when addressing transgender students, knowing which restrooms transgender students may use and handling incidents where transgender students are bullied.

"Kids are pretty flexible, and this generation of students seems to be really open to differences and accepting their peers for who they are," she said. "I think schools will still need to keep an eye out for bullying, but I think teachers could be the people who are discriminating — not because they mean to, but they might just be engaging in behavior tied to the gender norms they are used to. The guidance saying that putting in place those kinds of requirements can be discrimination."