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Sask. teachers prepare to navigate new name, pronoun policy as school year begins – Maharlika News

Sep 5, 2023

Teachers in Saskatchewan now have to report to parents or guardians every time a student wants to change their name or pronouns at school, but the repercussions for not following those rules remain hazy.

Consequences for those who don’t follow policy still unclear

Before a typical school year, Regina elementary school teacher Steve Boutilier’s mind is filled with lesson plans and hopes for his new class. But this September, that’s overshadowed with uncertainty about how best to support his transgender and non-binary students.

Two weeks ago, then-education minister Dustin Duncan announced several new policies in schools throughout Saskatchewan. That includes students under 16 needing permission from their parent or guardian to change their name or pronouns at school. Consent is not required for students 16 or older.

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