Golden Hills plans di­a­logue sex­ual ori­en­ta­tion and gen­der poli­cies in school

The Drumheller Mail - - REAL ESTATE - Pa­trick Ko­lafa The Drumheller Mail

Golden Hills School Divi­sion will be go­ing to par­ents to dis­cuss school poli­cies and how they re­late to Bill 10 and new guide­lines to re­spect sex­ual ori­en­ta­tion and gen­der iden­tity and ex­pres­sion.

The Education Act was amended by Bill 10 last May, and in Jan­uary cur­rent Education Min­is­ter Davis Eggen asked school boards to draft a pol­icy that sup­ports stu­dents, re­flect­ing changes to the Al­berta Hu­man Rights Act and Bill 10.

The school divi­sion has set to work on draft­ing pol­icy to ad­dress th­ese changes.

“In ev­ery Golden Hills School, it is our first pri­or­ity that all stu­dents feel safe and ac­cepted. We do not tol­er­ate bul­ly­ing and work hard to nur­ture class­room and school en­vi­ron­ments, which are not only ac­cept­ing of di­ver­sity but are sup­port­ive and en­cour­ag­ing for all stu­dents. It is also im­por­tant to us that all of our stu­dents know that the adults in the build­ing care about their de­vel­op­ment and care about them as in­di­vid­u­als,” it states in a press re­lease.

The divi­sion rec­og­nizes that par­ents may have ques­tions about th­ese changes and are plan­ning to hold meet­ings at divi­sion schools in early March. When dates are se­lected, they will be posted on school web­sites and through so­cial me­dia.

“We want to give par­ents an op­por­tu­nity to talk about our poli­cies first hand and ask any ques­tions in re­gards to the im­pact this may have in our schools.”

Be­van Dav­erne, su­per­in­ten­dent at Golden Hills says they are plan­ning five meet­ings.

A draft of the new pol­icy can be viewed at www.ghsd75.ca

“None of what is in Bill 10 is new to us, we have had quite a va­ri­ety of cir­cum­stances that have re­quired sup­port in lots of dif­fer­ent ways,” said Dav­erne. “We are just adding some lan­guage to ex­ist­ing poli­cies to meet the leg­is­la­tions… but our pro­cesses and sup­ports for our kids re­ally don’t change very much.”

None of what is in Bill 10 is new to us, we have had quite

a va­ri­ety of cir­cum­stances that have re­quired sup­port in lots of

dif­fer­ent ways.”

Be­van Dav­erne Golden Hills Su­per­in­ten­dent

Golden Hills School Divi­sion is plan­ning to meet with par­ents to dis­cuss changes to poli­cies to re­flect changes to the School Act and Hu­man Rights Act.

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