Gender Options in Jackrabbit

At Jackrabbit, we believe all students should feel welcome, safe, and included in their daily lives as their authentic selves.

We help to make this possible by allowing you to define gender options beyond male and female. You can add as many gender options as you want! When you offer more than the traditional male and female gender responses, you're saying "I see you, and you're welcome here" without ever saying a word.

Three things to know about gender inclusivity in Jackrabbit:

Gender can be hidden globally.

If you don't filter classes by gender, you can hide all gender fields throughout your Jackrabbit system:

  • Classes will no longer show a gender field.
  • Reports will not have a gender filter.
  • Reports will no longer have a gender column available.
  • Online Registration will not ask for gender.
  • Parent Portal will no longer display gender.
Gender options are customizable.

The drop-down list options for gender are customizable, allowing you to create the options that best suit your clientele. There is a huge advantage here as parents aren’t forced to choose between two traditional options that their child may or may not fit into. 

Gender-inclusive terminology is used.

Within Jackrabbit, you will find ‘All’ is an option in gender drop-down lists in addition to the values you create. Previously we used ‘Both’ but with more than two possible gender options, ‘All’ better fits the gender inclusion we strive to achieve.

The How-To

Now that you know what options Jackrabbit offers for gender inclusivity let's look at how the settings are adjusted.

Hide Gender 

The Hide Gender setting in the Student Settings section of the Organization Default settings controls whether or not gender is used.

This setting defaults to No, i.e., gender options are available throughout Jackrabbit. 

To adjust this setting go to the Gear icon > Settings > General and scroll down to the Student Settings section. Select Yes and Save Changes. After you log out of Jackrabbit and then back in, you'll see there are no longer any references to gender as outlined above.

Customize the Gender Drop-down List

If you have not hidden gender, you'll be able to customize the drop-down list options for a student's gender.

To add list options go to the Gear icon > Settings > Drop-down Lists (left menu). Scroll down to the Student section and select Gender. Use the Add Row button to add gender options and Save Changes. Log out and back in to see the changes.