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AP 339

Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity and Expression

Background


The following procedures are designed to ensure that all students and staff have access to safe and caring work and learning environments, regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity or expression.

Procedures


It is the responsibility of the principal or site manager to ensure that the procedures below are observed. Each decision on how to support students and staff is individual, and must make emotional and physical safety a priority.

1. Self-Identification

1.1 By request, students/staff will be addressed by their chosen name(s) and pronoun(s) that align with their gender identity and gender expression.

1.2 If a student consents, such requests will be shared with appropriate teachers, and noted in any materials (i.e. class lists, timetables, ID cards, report cards, awards etc.) that are accessible to other staff members, including TTOCs.

1.3 A student’s or staff member’s self-identification is the sole measure of their gender identity. Students and staff are not required to provide medical documentation to prove their gender identity.

2. Confidentiality and Home/School Communication

2.1 The District shall ensure that all personal information relating to transgender students and staff shall be kept confidential in accordance with applicable privacy laws. School district staff shall not disclose any information that may reveal a student’s transgender status or sexual orientation to others, unless legally required to do so or unless the student has authorized such disclosure.

2.2 School staff must respect students' rights to express their gender identity openly and to decide when, with whom, and how much private information to share.

2.3 Discussions on this issue between the student and a trusted staff member are encouraged.

2.4 Unless the student or the student’s parent/guardian has specified otherwise, communication between school and home shall use a student’s legal name and the pronoun corresponding to the student’s gender assigned at birth.

2.5 The student will be encouraged to collaborate with school staff through a Communication Plan (See AP 339-1 Communication Plan).

3. Washrooms, Change Rooms and Signage

3.1 The use of washrooms and change rooms by transgender students shall be assessed on a case by case basis with the goals of maximizing the student’s social integration, safety and comfort.

3.2 Each school will provide at least one easily accessible and clearly marked gender neutral washroom/change room for use by any student/staff.

3.3 The use of a gender neutral washroom is a matter of choice for students/staff and not a compulsory requirement.

3.4 Such facilities should have an interior locking mechanism, as well as signage to display if it is vacant or occupied. A master key should be kept in the office.

3.5 Consistent door signage for these facilities will be approved by the Superintendent and made available to all schools.

4. Dress Code

4.1 All students and staff have the right to dress in a manner consistent with their gender identity and gender expression, and commensurate with the school’s dress code.

5. Curricular and Extra-Curricular Instruction

5.1 All students will have access to physical education classes that align with their gender identity.

5.2 In circumstances where students are separated by gender, the decision will be the student’s, in consultation with school staff.

5.3 All students should be provided the same opportunities to participate in any sex-segregated athletic activities in accordance with their gender identity.

5.4 Transgender students may participate on competitive sports teams in sex segregated sports in accordance with the eligibility rules established by BC School Sports.

6. Overnight field trips

6.1 Overnight field trip accommodations for transgender students will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

6.2 Students should be given accommodation that prioritizes their emotional and physical safety.

7. Official School Records

7.1 Whenever permitted by law, requests made by a student or the parent/guardian to change an official record to reflect their preferred name and/or gender identity will be accommodated.

8. Training

8.1 It is the responsibility of the Superintendent (or designate) to ensure that professional learning opportunities are available for staff and students in the district to develop a broader understanding of sexual orientation and gender identity or expression, and its impact. Training opportunities provided by the district will allow staff and students to appropriately access learning resources and community supports, handle discrimination, and support individual needs.

Appendix


AP 339-1 Communication Plan

Reference


Board Policy 15 - Student Code of Conduct

(New: Feburary 21, 2017)

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