Chicago Public Schools (CPS) announced on Tuesday that transgender students and facility in their schools can use the bathroom and locker room that matches their gender identity.

According to Chicago's Windy City Times, CPS updated its guidelines issued in 2014 – which had been criticized as vague – to “explicitly state that students will be able to use the lavatory and changing facilities designated for the gender with which they identify.”

“The guidelines released today will help ensure every student and adult in the CPS family can participate in an environment of complete tolerance and respect,” CPS Chief Education Officer Dr. Janice K. Jackson said in a statement. “CPS, like much of the country, has become far more aware of the needs and experiences of the transgender community, and it's crucial for CPS guidelines to reflect our commitment to promoting safe and inclusive schools. These guidelines build on our commitment to fostering healthy and supportive learning opportunities across the District so that each of our students can reach their full potential.”

CPS' guidelines also require schools to provide accommodations and support to students questioning their gender identity.

The new policy comes as state lawmakers debate such policies. North Carolina last month became the first state to restrict bathroom access in public buildings for transgender people. Republican leaders in that state are resisting a backlash to the law.