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What decision can be made about bathroom use for transgender kids that can support and honor all members of the school?

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What is your concern for the criterion "We want all children to be able to move fluidly throughout the school"?

What is your concern for the criterion "We want all children to feel physically and emotionally safe in school"?

What is your concern for the criterion "We want school to be a place that welcomes and allows for differences."?

What is your concern for the criterion "Emotional support is available via the school for any child, parent, or caregiver who wants it."?

What is your concern for the criterion "We acknowledge that people have varying levels of experience with and acceptance of the transgender community"?

Whatever we decide will support the students in their learning.
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What is your concern for the criterion "Whatever we decide will support the students in their learning. "?

Concerns for "Whatever we decide will support the students in their learning. "

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  • "concern around not confident that we all speak about the same thing when we speak of 'academic focus' and would need more clarity about what needs it is seen serving." -kevin
The proposal takes into account that the school has a finite budget
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What is your concern for the criterion "The proposal takes into account that the school has a finite budget "?

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  • "We completed this collaboration with acknowledgement that this criterion was not directly addressed by the agreement. However, we suggest that in such a scenario, a study group could be set up. This could explore how to access internal and external resources to support the building of the new separate gender-neutral bathroom/change-room/shower area, potentially soliciting donations of materials, labour, and expertise in the community and applying for grants. " -NancyB

Conversation (11)


  • Added a concern to the criterion "We want children to be physically safe at school.": "physically and emotionally safe..."
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    (about 1 year ago)

  • Added a concern to the criterion "We want all children to feel physically and emotionally safe in school": "consider adding: "...including proactive steps to protect their emotional safety as much as possible""
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    (about 1 year ago)

  • Removed a concern about the criterion "We want all children to feel physically and emotionally safe in school"
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    (about 1 year ago)

  • Added a concern to the criterion "Academic focus is maintained and valued": "concern around not confident that we all speak about the same thing when we speak of 'academic focus' and would need more clarity about what needs it is seen serving."
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    (12 months ago)

  • suggested "The forms of knowledge and skills that are currently valued in school and society are explored with the children so that they can choose how they want to engage with them." as an alternative to "Academic focus is maintained and valued"
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    (12 months ago)

  • suggested "The forms of knowledge and skills that are currently valued in school and society are explored with the children so that they can choose how they want to engage with them." as an alternative to "Academic focus is maintained and valued"
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    (12 months ago)

  • how can i edit my comment? :)
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    (12 months ago)

  • Removed a concern about the criterion "Academic focus is maintained and valued"
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    (12 months ago)

  • Added a concern to the criterion "Academic focus is maintained and valued": "concern around not confident that we all speak about the same thing when we speak of 'academic focus' and would need more clarity about what needs it is seen serving."
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    (12 months ago)

  • Added a concern to the criterion "The proposal takes into account that the school has a finite budget ": "We completed this collaboration with acknowledgement that this criterion was not directly addressed by the agreement. However, we suggest that in such a scenario, a study group could be set up. This could explore how to access internal and external resources to support the building of the new separate gender-neutral bathroom/change-room/shower area, potentially soliciting donations of materials, labour, and expertise in the community and applying for grants. "
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    (12 months ago)

  • Hi Kevin, thank you for this input. I took the role of someone with the view you present above. The conservative parent expressed concern that taking time to define academic focus detracted from our purpose to find agreement about bathrooms. That parent then suggested the modified criterion "whatever we decide will support the students in their learning" which we unanimously supported. Does that satisfy you as well? NB.
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    (12 months ago)

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TIP: Does the criterion have these helpful characteristics?

  1. Is noncontroversial
  2. Can be evaluated (subjectively)
  3. Uses positive language (what is wanted rather than what is not wanted)
  4. Is relevant to the context
  5. Is operational (can in principle be made to happen)
  6. Applies to everyone (this is a need that everyone can recognize, not just one person’s need)
  7. Doesn’t have a specific outcome (as long as it’s noncontroversial, this is the least important characteristic)