The Government of Saskatchewan is committed to ensuring schools are safe and inclusive environments. It is a priority that all students and staff feel included, protected and respected. Students may feel unsafe at school for a variety of reasons. Students who do not feel safe or valued are at risk of having lower grades, higher rates of skipping school, higher rates of risky behaviour or higher rates of depression (Egale, 2011).
The purpose of the Deepening the Discussion: Gender and Sexual Diversity Toolkit is to:
*acknowledge the shared responsibility of ensuring that all students and staff who identify as gender and/or sexually diverse have the same opportunities for safety, socialization and success in schools;
*assist school divisions to fulfill their ethical and professional responsibilities to provide safe, equitable and inclusive learning environments for students and staff, regardless of the actual or perceived differences;
*provide a framework for school divisions to address and support gender and sexual diversity;
*build upon and focus the conversation of gender and sexual diversity for all school division and school administration and staff (Deepening the Discussion: Gender and Sexual Diversity (2015));
*provide resources and tools to support critical conversations and school division’s planning for gender and sexual diversity; and,
*support the Education Sector Strategic Plan (ESSP) by providing a supportive learning environment which allows all students the opportunity to remain in school and graduate.