The following statement was provided to Town and Country This Week in response to a request for comment on Wednesday's protest:
Aspen View Public Schools acknowledges the right of individuals to stage peaceful demonstrations regarding issues that are important to them.
Our schools and school division have an obligation, under both provincial and federal legislation, to ensure that each Aspen View student and staff member is provided with a welcoming, caring, respectful and safe environment that respects diversity and fosters a sense of belonging and a positive sense of self. We value an educational community where everyone is treated with dignity and respect. Aspen View Public Schools remains steadfast in its commitment to ensuring this obligation is met and that all students feel welcome.
All members of the school community have the right to learn and work in an environment free of discrimination, prejudice, and harassment. This right is guaranteed under the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, Alberta Human Rights Act, and Alberta Education Act. Aspen View’s application of these rights is detailed in Administrative Procedure 159: Sexual Orientation & Gender Identity.
Teachers follow curriculum detailed in the Alberta Education Program of Studies. Within the Program of Studies, human sexuality outcomes are included in Physical Education & Wellness in Grades 4-6, Health & Life Skills in Grades 7-9, and in the mandatory Career and Life Management (CALM) program at the high school level. As required through legislation, and reflected in Aspen View Public School’s Administrative Procedure 206 - Human Sexuality Education, parents have the opportunity to review learning resources and teaching concepts, and students may be excused from participating upon parental request. The following website provides an accurate overview of the curricular outcomes at each grade level: https://teachingsexualhealth.ca/teachers/sexual-health-education/understanding-your-role/get-prepared/curriculum-overview/