DPAC notes the anniversary of Vancouver Board of Education passing of SOGI policy updates on 16 June 2014

On June 16, 2014 the Vancouver Board of Education (VBE) approved the revised policy and regulations ACB & ACB-R-1 Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity.

DPAC supported the policies at the public consultation stage and is pleased that students in VBE schools have access to restrooms and changing rooms that correspond to their gender identity and are able to focus on learning and development knowing that they are in a safe and supportive environment.

DPAC has received no complaints from any parent or PAC related to any problems issuing from the adoption and implementation of the revised policies

DPAC understands that the work of supporting the implementations is ongoing and that the district reports that it is currently working on providing at least one washroom as a universal washroom in each facility for any student who prefer increased privacy. We encourage the VBE to continue to support parents and students by proactively supporting families which experience discrimination based on gender identity or sexual orientation at VBE schools by continue to implement the policies via updated guidelines supported by training and education of all stakeholders.
DPAC encourages the British Columbia Ministry of Education to follow the lead of the Vancouver Board of Education and support all British Columbia students by implementing a similar policy.