On June 16, 2014, the Vancouver School Board voted to approve the following Policy and Regulations:

ACB:  Sexual Orientation and Gender Identities Policy.

ACB-R-1 Sexual Orientation and Gender Identities Policy Regulations

Introductory letter

On May 14, 2014, at 5:00 pm, the Education and Student Services Committee of the Vancouver School Board (Committee III) will be meeting to discuss the Draft Revised Policy and Regulations: Sexual Orientation and Gender Identities (ACB and ACB R-1) (The “Draft Policy”).

The Policy was published by memo dated April 10, 2014, with the intention of bringing it to the Board for voting on May 20, 2014.

No notice of the Policy was given to parents, and there has been no meaningful consultation with parents or the medical and mental health professions.

PACIS.ca is a group of parents that have concerns about the policy, the lack of notice or consultation with parents and the medical profession, and the impact it could have on the rights of parents to be kept informed by the school about medical and mental health issues affecting their children.

PACIS.ca is NOT opposed to updating the 2004 Policy, which is currently in effect in the Vancouver School Board district and can be found here:  (http://www.vsb.bc.ca/district-policy/acb-lesbian-gay-bisexual-transgender-transsexual-two-spirit-questioning), but believes any such policy should be drafted and approved after proper consultation with parents and the medical and mental health professions.  The 2004 Policy will remain in effect until a new policy is adopted.

PACIS.ca is NOT “against” Trans people or the LGBTQ+ Community, and much mis-information is being spread around to suggest that parents who have concerned about the Policy are.  We are not against “a” policy. We are only saying “this” policy needs further work before being adopted.

PACIS.ca cares and supports ALL children regardless of race, religion, mental or physical capacity, appearance, sexual orientation or gender identity.

We want to see an end to all bullying and harassment so that all families and their children to feel welcome in school and be able to participate free from discrimination and harassment on any grounds.