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Horizon School Division
Creating a better world, one student at a time.
AP 349 - Gay-Straight Alliance

Background
 
The School Board of Horizon School Division #205 recognizes and values the diversity found within its school communities and believes that each individual, student and staff member, contributes to the strength of the division’s culture. Furthermore, each individual has a valued contribution to make to the learning environment. The Board also recognizes that bullying and harassment can occur among students and adults. Often this occurs when individuals have not been proactive in seeking to understand the other. When students or staff are bullied, excluded or harassed because of their perceived or real sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, the school community as a whole is harmed.  
 
One of the Board of Education’s three goals is to ensure that all schools are safe and caring. The Board recognizes that each member of the school and community must share the responsibility for supporting all students in addressing and facing these challenges and that the division is responsible for providing an education system that is safe, welcoming, inclusive, and affirming for its students, employees and community members. The Board commits to creating this environment for all students and employees regardless of sexual orientation and/or gender identity.
 
“Gay-Straight Alliances (GSAs) are school clubs/groups for students who think that bullying, harassment and discrimination against gender and sexually diverse people is wrong. GSAs are open to all students and members work together to create safe and supportive environments for all students.”

Gay-Straight Alliances in Saskatchewan Schools
 
Procedures
 
1.  Students or staff members in Horizon School Division may request the formation of a GayStraight Alliance in their respective school or workplace. All requests will be forwarded to the Principal;
 
2.  When a request comes forward, the principal will inform the Director of Education;
 
3.  The Director of Education will then inform the Superintendent of Learning Services who will support the school in investigating the appropriate formation of a Gay-Straight Alliance group or club that will work at the school level to enhance the inclusive school climate and maintain the safe and caring environment of the school;
 
4.  If there is a need to connect with another school via phone or video conference, the arrangement will be made by the Superintendent of Learning Services;
 
5.  The following resources provide important information related to the formation of a GSA:

Deepening The Discussion: Gender and Sexual Diversity
 
Student Alliances for Gender and Sexual Diversity in Saskatchewan Schools and   
 
Horizon School Division Culturally Responsive Module  
 
Genderbread Person 

 
 

The Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms (Section 15) The Canadian Human Rights Act (Section 2) The Criminal Code of Canada (Sections 318(4) and 718 (2) The Saskatchewan Human Rights Code The Saskatchewan Education Act

June 2, 2017