Feedback wanted from Islanders on new guidelines to support gender diversity and expression in schools

 Islanders are asked to review new guidelines that will be implemented this fall in Island schools to help create safer, more inclusive learning and social environments. 

The Department of Education and Lifelong Learning wants Islanders to review the draft Guidelines for Respecting, Accommodating and Supporting Gender Identity, Gender Expression and Sexual Orientation in our Schools and submit their feedback by June 25, 2021 to dwilson@gov.pe.ca. The guidelines will be implemented in the 2021-2022 school year. 

“Our schools should be a place where all students feel respected, safe and cared for so they can succeed academically, socially and developmentally. These guidelines respect the diverse sexual orientations and gender identities of our school community so that all students and staff are welcomed and supported.”

- Education and Lifelong Learning Minister Natalie Jameson

The guidelines support best practices within schools to create safe and caring learning environments that: 

  • respect and support students with diverse gender identities, gender expressions, and/or sexual orientations based on their human rights, to enable the free and full expression of their identity; and
  • ensure the wellbeing, participation, and performance of students with diverse gender identities, gender expressions, and/or sexual orientation. 

"We are encouraged to see the work the Island’s education system and department are doing to advance inclusivity in Island schools for 2SLGBTQ+ students and look forward to continuing our work going forward,” said PEERS Alliance Executive Director, Brittany Jakubiec.  

The draft document was developed by the department, in partnership with the Public Schools Branch, Commission scolaire du langue français, Interministerial Women’s Secretariat, PEI Human Rights Commission, PEERS Alliance and the PEI Transgender Network.   

The department is also seeking input from key stakeholders including, students, parents, Prince Edward Island Teachers’ Federation, Canadian Union of Public Employees, District Advisory Councils, PEI Home and School Federation, and the Office of the Child and Youth Advocate.

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April Gallant
Education and Lifelong Learning

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