ST. PAUL (AP) - The Minnesota Department of Education will begin distributing a new guide for schools on dealing with transgender and gender non-conforming students.

Department deputy commissioner Charlene Briner says the toolkit of resources and best practices isn't meant to be a mandate for schools, but rather to help administrators and others deal with issues that may be uncomfortable, both for the community and families of transgender individuals.

Reports say the 11-page document has topics that include pronoun use for transgender students, as well as bathroom policies and locker room privacy concerns.