The school board is aware of possible protests over Oakville teacher attire as dress code under review

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That Halton District School Board (HDSB) say they have “heard” of protests planned for Friday and over the weekend regarding a Oakville, Ont., the teacher’s controversial attire.

Pictures have gone viral online and in the media over the past few days and appear to show a teacher at Oakville Trafalgar High School wearing large breast prostheses in class.

Posts on social media have indicated that protests have been planned over the dispute, both on Friday and over the weekend.

It comes after trustees at HDSB met and agreed to review the dress code.

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“At the September 21 board meeting, the trustees passed a motion requesting the director of education to return to the board by the end of November with a report for information addressing various considerations regarding the dress code,” the HDSB said.

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The board has said it is “committed to establishing and maintaining a safe, caring, inclusive, fair and welcoming learning and working environment for all students and staff.”

“We strive to promote and support a positive learning environment in schools in line with our values ​​and to ensure a safe and inclusive environment for all students, staff and the local community, regardless of their race, age, ability, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation , ethnicity, religion, cultural adherence, socio-economic conditions or body type/size,” the HDSB said.

“The HDSB recognizes the right of students, staff, parents/guardians and community members to fair treatment without discrimination based on gender identity and gender expression.”

It said gender identity and expression are protected under the Ontario Human Rights Code.

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The board said it would not provide further information as it is “a personnel matter.”

Earlier this week, the board released a statement saying it wanted to “formally correct misinformation” regarding recent media coverage.

The statement said the person was mistakenly identified as an HDSB employee who is “completely unrelated” to the case. The board noted that it would not confirm “the identity of the person in the photos/videos/radio clips,” but requested that corrections be made.

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