Latest Information Regarding Welcoming, Caring, Respectful, and Caring Learning Environments

The Board continues to engage with parents and the public with regard to Policy Development in relation to their obligation under the School Act and the Alberta Human Rights Act as it applies to individuals with diverse sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression.
 
The Board had previously passed Policy IHG - Respecting Human Rights (LGBTQ) and requested feedback. Based on feedback to date with respect to this draft policy, the Board of Trustees opted to modify Policy IHF - Welcoming, Caring, Respectful, and Safe Learning Environments rather than continuing to create a stand alone policy. The attached policy received first reading today and was passed. As such, it replaces draft policy IHG which was sent out previously for consultation. 
 
The Board encourages distribution of this policy and welcomes further feedback regarding draft Policy IHF. Note that given the Minister's deadline of March 31, the Board asks those wishing to provide feedback to do so by March 24. 
 
Sincerely  Marie Logan,  Board Chair

Copies of the policy and related documents can be found online:

The draft policy and supporting Q&A (which may assist you in understanding what the policy means) can also be found at:

Policy IHF - Welcoming, Caring, Respectful, and Safe Learning Environments

Questions and Answers

Responses can be mailed to the jurisdiction (6302 56 Street, Taber, AB T1G 1Z9) or emailed to barb.mcdonald@horizon.ab.ca

Thank you ahead of time for your feedback as we view such feedback as essential to our work and our efforts to ensure that all students are respected and educated within a welcoming, safe, respectful, and caring learning environment.