Catholic school board seeks input on LGBTQ policy

Red Deer Regional Catholic Schools is now seeking feedback from schools and parents on its policies to provide an inclusive environment for LGBTQ students.

Red Deer Regional Catholic Schools is now seeking feedback from schools and parents on its policies to provide an inclusive environment for LGBTQ students.

Trustees reviewed the division’s safe and caring policy and administrative procedures at Tuesday night’s school board meeting.

Superintendent Paul Mason said no major changes were required to comply with provincial law other than some minor wording changes, like inserting ‘family’ in place of ‘parents.’

“We have had a safe and caring policy in place for a number of years and associated administration procedures so it was just some slight revision that needed to take place,” Mason said.

“We’re not sure what rubric our policy guidelines will be gauged against because that has not been shared with us by government. We are quite confident that we are onside with what the minister is asking for as related to a safe and caring environment for students.”

Last year Alberta Education released policy guidelines for school boards to meet the needs of LGBTQ students.

Provincial law requires all school boards — public, separate, Francophone and charter — to submit policies to the Education Minister by March 31 that create safe learning environments for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer students. Support for the establishment of gay-straight alliances and queer-straight alliances must be included.

Provincial recommendations for the policy include allowing LGBTQ students to dress, have safe access to washrooms and changing facilities, and participate in sports and extra-curricular activities according to their gender identity.

szielinski@bprda.wpengine.com

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Comments are closed

Just Posted

Albertans get an extra free order of COVID-19 masks

Packages will be available July 13 at fast food restaurants

COVID-19 scare sees Latvia-bound troops turn around, return to Canada

Those on board face another 14 days in isolation

2 dead, 8 hurt in South Carolina nightclub shooting

Police are searching for two suspects

Ponoka RCMP lay charges following home invasion

33-year-old man who arrived on bicycle is in custody

QUIZ: A celebration of dogs

These are the dog days of summer. How much do you know about dogs?

P.E.I. reports three new COVID-19 cases, including one seniors’ residence employee

CHARLOTETOWN, P.E.I. — Prince Edward Island reported new COVID-19 cases for the… Continue reading

Even pandemic can’t spoil July

July. Finally. It’s seems like the last three weird months have taken… Continue reading

‘You have to show up:’ NDP MP questions virtual attendance of Alberta Tories

NDP MP McPherson says she’s disappointed Tory MPs haven’t been participating in virtual meetings

Flood warning, mandatory evacuation for people in remote Alberta hamlet

A flood warning has been issued for the rain-swollen Smoky River near the Hamlet of Watino

Stop enforcing sex work laws during COVID-19, Amnesty, sex worker advocates say

‘We need to make sure the existing laws on the books aren’t enforced’

No winning ticket for Friday night’s $25 million Lotto Max jackpot

TORONTO — No winning ticket was sold for the $25 million jackpot… Continue reading

At Mount Rushmore, Trump digs deeper into nation’s divisions

MOUNT RUSHMORE NATIONAL MEMORIAL, S.D. — At the foot of Mount Rushmore… Continue reading

Most Read