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

Just Posted

Alberta hiring more paramedics and buying new ambulances, none for Red Deer

Red Deer Mayor Tara Veer is not concerned the provincial government didn’t… Continue reading

‘My nightmare began again’: Close call as bus carrying Humboldt crash survivor rear-ended

CALGARY — A terrifying ordeal for Humboldt Broncos survivor Ryan Straschnitzki this… Continue reading

Halifax airport operations normalize after Boeing 747 runway overshoot

HALIFAX — The Halifax Stanfield International Airport has resumed normal operations a… Continue reading

Bentley family left without a home grateful for community support

Central Albertans are coming together to support a Bentley family left homeless… Continue reading

Red Deer RCMP ready for new mandatory alcohol screening law

Red Deer RCMP are ready to enforce a new law intended to… Continue reading

WATCH: Red Deer and District Kennel Club Dog Show at Westerner Park

The Red Deer and District Kennel Club is holding a dog show… Continue reading

Pence aide out of running to be Trump’s next chief of staff

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump’s top pick to replace chief of staff… Continue reading

Swath of South faces wintry mess: Snow, sleet, freezing rain

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — A massive storm brought snow, sleet, and freezing rain… Continue reading

‘I killed my best friend’: Opioids’ fatal grip on mayor, pal

MOUNT CARBON, Pa. — Janel Firestone found her son — the 24-year-old,… Continue reading

Brothers, 20, face second-degree murder charge in death of teen: police

MISSISSAUGA, Ont. — Police west of Toronto say two brothers have been… Continue reading

A young mayor, his friend, and a fatal attraction to opioids

MOUNT CARBON, Pa. — Janel Firestone found her son — the 24-year-old,… Continue reading

GM fights to retain key tax credit amid plant closing plans

WASHINGTON — General Motors is fighting to retain a valuable tax credit… Continue reading

TTC union asks provincial government to step in on transition to Presto

TORONTO — The union representing transit workers in Canada’s most populous city… Continue reading

Small pot growers find roadblocks on path to microcultivation licences

Yan Boissonneault’s daughter was turning blue. Without warning, his baby had stopped… Continue reading

Most Read