All-gender washrooms for Peel public high schools

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This year all public high school in Peel Region will have an all-gender washroom this school year.

This announcement was made by director Tony Pontes to staff at the annual kick-off to the school year, he said the Peel District School Board must make sure all students feel safe.

“Bottom line — it is not our role to ask why someone self-identifies, it is not about our personal beliefs and what bathroom they choose is not our business. Our job is that when they do identify, we make sure they have a place of safety — just as we do for every other student.”

Last fall, Pontes and the board took a firm stand on the new health curriculum, saying while parents have the right to pull their kids from sex-ed lessons, they could not opt kids out of lessons or talk about gender equity.

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He mentioned the sex-ed controversy again in his address, saying the curriculum “was, without a question, a point when we chose to stand behind our value of inclusion.”

He said he’s “proud to say that within this school year, every secondary school will have a designated bathroom for students,” with a sign that says “inclusive washroom.”

He also said the board will “continue this conversation to our middle schools” as well as establishing gay-straight alliance groups for senior elementary students as well. – CINEWS

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