Flying the Pride Flag in the UGDSB

Posted May 29, 2018

Flying the Pride flag in the UGDSB

For the month of June, the UGDSB Board Office will fly the Pride flag. Schools may also fly the Pride flag, in accordance with board Policy 310 – Display of Flags.

What is the Pride flag?

Rainbow flags have existed in many configurations representing many peoples and experiences throughout human history.

The current Pride flag’s exact colours and dimensions have changed from the Gilbert Baker flag, which first appeared as a representation of the LGBTQ+ community in 1977.  Although the Rainbow flag is still strongly connected to the LGBTQ+ community, it also is a representation of social change cited as being a symbol of hope and peace.

LGBTQ+ refers to Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer or Questioning. The + refers to people who identify as Intersex, Asexual or an Ally.

There are specific flags and flag variations for many identities within the LGBTQ+ community.

Pride Flag

Why is my child’s school flying the Pride flag?

(The Pride flag will be flying at Ponsonby PS from June 11 to June 29, 2018)

The month of June is Pride month. Many of our students, staff, parents/guardians and community members identify as members of the Rainbow or LGBTQ+ community. Flying the Pride flag not only signals that our schools are safe spaces for everyone, it also aligns with our Vision Statement and Guiding Principles of inclusion and student and staff well-being and our new Equity Plan.

Our school district is showing our acceptance and celebration of the LGBTQ community during Pride month by raising the Pride flag at schools and offices across the UGDSB.

We continue to raise awareness and support inclusion and acceptance of other marginalized groups in other ways.

Some examples include our Poverty Challenge initiative aimed at increasing awareness of socio-economic disadvantage, the One Voice One Team initiative aimed at creating community for racialized students, supporting persons with disabilities by making our schools more accessible, and by acknowledging the original people of these lands. We continue to work to ensure the equity and inclusion of all our students and staff.

UGDSB Vision Statement

Students will attain individual excellence through dynamic programming provided by an effective staff and supported by a committed community. We will meet our students’ diverse needs through the provision of equitable and accessible resources. Our learning environment will be characterized by empowered administrators, effective communication and mutual compassionate respect.

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