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School District #64 (Gulf Islands) POLICY

Policy Number: 617
Policy Name: LGBTTIQQ Diversity (New)
Notice of Motion: 2006 05 24

LGBTTIQQ DIVERSITY

Rationale: The Board of School Trustees recognizes and values the diversity found within its school communities and believes that each individual contributes to the strength of the district’s culture. The Board also recognizes that students and other school community members identifying as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, two-spirit, intersex, queer, or questioning (LGBTTIQQ) face a unique set of challenges within our schools andcommunities. Individuals who are dealing with or are perceived to be dealing with issuesof gender identity, gender expression, intersexuality or sexual orientation, as well astheir families, are frequently the targets of homophobic, transphobic, or heterosexistbehaviours. This often results in a struggle with a variety of profound socialconsequences including discrimination, harassment, physical and sexual violence, socialand emotional isolation, substance abuse, homelessness, school truancy and drop-out,self-harm and suicide.

It is with this reality in mind and with an understanding that each member of the schooland district community must share the responsibility for changing this reality.

Policy

The Board will promote a safe environment, free from harassment and discrimination, by encouraging pro-active strategies and guidelines to ensure that lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, two-spirit, intersex, queer, and questioning students, employees and families are welcomed and included in all aspects of education and school life and treated with respect and dignity.

Any language or behaviour that degrades, denigrates, labels, stereotypes, incites hatred, prejudice, discrimination, harassment towards students or employees on the basis of their real or perceived sexual orientation or gender identification will not be tolerated. Schools will be encouraged to specifically include the prohibition of such language and behaviour in their student codes of conduct.

Notice of Motion: 2006 05 24 Adopted: 2006 06 28 Resolution No.: 55/06

ADDENDUM TO POLICY #617, LGBTTIQQ DIVERSITY

June 28, 2006
The Policy Committee recommendation is:
The Board shall strike a committee of school district stakeholders including members from the LGBTTIQQ community.
This committee will develop a procedure for Policy #617 by December 31, 2006.