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Board of Directors Meeting – June 23, 2021 4:00 pm – Canceled

Please be advised that the PSB Board of Directors meeting below that was scheduled for Wednesday, June 23 at 4pm has been canceled. The Board of Directors will reschedule this meeting for a date in July. Thank you.

The Board of Directors of the Public Schools Branch will hold a regular meeting on Wednesday, June 23, 2021 at 4:00 p.m.

Members of the public are welcome to attend via Webex virtual platform. If you wish to attend, please contact or 902-368-6850 to receive the link to join the meeting.

The stories brought forward of events this week at East Wiltshire are deeply upsetting and unacceptable. In our province, we recognize and support the right of all people to celebrate who they are and that extends to our school communities. The Safe and Caring Learning Environments policy outlines the rights and responsibilities of both students and staff to create an inclusive, welcoming environment. The events at East Wiltshire are being investigated and those who engaged in this harmful activity will be dealt with appropriately as outlined in the policy. The Public Schools Branch has recently contracted a Diversity Consultant to work with our education system and we continue to partner with PEERS Alliance to best support 2SLGBTQ+ students and staff.

It is important that we not lose focus on supporting those who were harmed by these actions. Additional counselors will be available at the school on Monday to support these students. If any student is struggling and requires immediate support, please call the Kids Helpline at 1 800 668 6868 or the Youth Project at 902 429 5429.

Gender Diversity Guidelines – Consultation

The Department of Education and Lifelong Learning, in cooperation with the Public Schools Branch, the Commission scolaire de langue francaise and the Inter-ministerial Women’s Secretariat, has developed the draft Guidelines for Respecting Accommodating and Supporting Gender Identity, Gender Expression and Sexual Orientation in our Schools.

To create an environment where students and staff feel safe, respected and supported, an understanding of issues related to diverse gender identities, gender expression and sexual orientation is vital. This understanding will ultimately ensure that staff and students with diverse gender identities, expressions and sexual orientations are afforded equal access and opportunities as their cisgender and heterosexual peers and colleagues in all aspects of school life.

In preparation for the introduction of this guidelines for the 2021-2022 school year, the Department of Education and Lifelong Learning is seeking feedback from students, parents and the public on the content of the document. All comments are to be received by July 2, 2021 and comment scan be sent to If you wish to speak to an individual about the content of the guide, contact Erin Docherty at 902-368-5805.