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‘Inclusion is key’: Central Okanagan school board after track meet incident

District released statement regarding discrimination

The Board of Education for Central Okanagan Public Schools is reiterating that student and staff safety are their top priorities, after an issue at a track meet earlier this month regarding a child’s gender.

It released a statement on June 16 saying that it remains committed to providing “safe and inclusive spaces to learn and work.

“Inclusion is key because each learner must have the opportunity to be a child, follow their dreams, and ultimately succeed in their individual educational pursuits.

“Our district policies against bullying, harassment, and discrimination align with the BC Human Rights Code so that people can learn and work without fear of discrimination based on their race, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, or any other aspect of their individual identity.”

The release added that the board does not condone any political agendas, movements, or groups that are increasingly spreading intolerance and misinformation.

“While everyone is entitled to hold their own views, no one is entitled to express views or make false statements that defame, harass, or threaten our students or staff. We continue to strive to build a caring community, which includes anyone that is 2SLGBTQIA+.”

Capital News has reached out to the board’s chairperson for comment.

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Jake Courtepatte

About the Author: Jake Courtepatte

Editor of Kelowna Capital News & West K News since February 2022. I have spent the majority of my career working in the Toronto area as both a sports reporter and a general reporter.
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