What if SOGI doesn't align with my family's values? Can I remove my child from SOGI education?
Individual families will always have a range of opinions on many topics, and it is expected that parents/guardians may have some apprehension about aspects of the school system that may not align with their family’s values. That said, it is the role of public schools to uphold the Human Rights-inspired values of inclusion, dignity, and respect for all persons.
Sexual orientation and gender identity are topics that are interwoven through several curriculum areas, school activities, and arise in conversations about students’ daily lives. Therefore, it is not possible to inform parents/guardians every time SOGI-related content may arise at school.
The Provincial Government has allowed for some flexibility in the delivery of certain ‘sensitive areas’ of the curriculum, specifically topics related to reproduction and sexuality that some students and their parents/guardians may feel more comfortable addressing by means other than instruction by a teacher in a regular classroom setting. These topics do not include lessons and topics related to sexual orientation and gender identity, unless they relate to reproduction and sexuality. Read the Policy here.