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In their ongoing work to promote safe and caring schools, the staff and the Board of Education of the Langley School District are currently examining ways to increase support for diversity.

As part of a process of consultation, the district is inviting parents to participate in a dialogue on how to best support LGBTQ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Questioning) youth, staff and families in our schools.

The dialogue meeting will be held on Monday, March 4 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the school board office. The district is hoping the public can provide feedback that will help guide their work. An ad hoc committee has been struck to look into creating a policy around LGBTQ.

The Langley Teachers Association spoke to trustees at the last meeting, urging the committee to get on with adopting a policy that will protect LGBTQ students from harassment and bullying.

The policy the LTA is suggesting includes proper and consistent consequences for those students caught harassing LGBTQ students.

Those unable to attend this meeting who would still like to provide feedback can respond electronically through an online survey accessible on the district website after March 1.

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