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115: Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity, and Gender Expression

EFFECTIVE: March 27, 2019
REVISED: January 29, 2020
REVIEW: 2021-2022

1.0 POLICY

The Board believes in the importance of, and is committed to establishing and maintaining a welcoming, caring, respectful and safe learning and working environment that respects diversity and fosters a sense of belonging for all students and staff including those who self-identify as sexual or gender minorities, including but not limited to: lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, transsexual, two-spirit, queer, gender fluid, or those who are questioning their sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression.

2.0 DEFINITIONS

Definitions: For the purposes of this policy the most current definitions can be accessed at the following link:

GSAs and QSAs in Alberta Schools: A Guide for Teachers

Sexual and Gender Minority Terms and Definitions:

https://www.teachers.ab.ca/SiteCollectionDocuments/ATA/Publications/Human-RightsIssues/PD-80-6%20GSA-QSA%20Guide%202018.pdf

3.0 GUIDELINES

3.1 The Board believes that staff members are better prepared to respond to and support matters associated with sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression when they have the benefit of related education and professional development opportunities, as well as an awareness of, and access to, research and/or professional readings relative to this topic.

3.2 The Board of Trustees may, from time to time, establish a task group or groups to provide input and recommendations relative to the implementation of Policy 115 Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity, and Gender Expression.

3.2 The membership of any task group(s) may vary based on the identified goals and objectives established by the Board of Trustees relative to Policy 115 Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity, and Gender Expression.

3.3 Prior to forming any task group(s) the Board of Trustees will identify:

3.3.1 The specific objectives,

3.3.2 Membership representation,

3.3.3 Preferred timeline and

3.3.4 Reporting process for the task group(s).