Vancouver Catholic schools pass transgender rules
Doug Lauson, Superintendent Catholic Independent Schools of Vancouver. (ADA SLIVINSKI/24 HOURS)
Catholic schools in Vancouver are the first in the country to institute a policy for transgender students. The policy allows students to be addressed by the name and pronoun they prefer, gain access to a private washroom where requested and wear an alternative uniform, but makes it clear schools do not support gender transitioning.
The CISVA Elementary School Policy regarding gender expression and gender dysphoria requires that a case management team of the student’s parents, administrators, a priest and medical professionals, be assembled.
“We bring in the professionals and the professionals decide what is best for that child,” said Doug Lauson, superintendent, Catholic Independent Schools of Vancouver. “Accommodation is not automatic.”
Lauson said that the policy allows schools to accommodate students without going against Catholic teaching.
“The Catholic Church is very clear that men and women are created distinctly and the body and spirit is one and the same,” said Lauson.