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Teacher’s attire under dress code review

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GLOBALNEWS.COM – The Halton District School Board (HDSB) says it “has heard” of protests that have been planned for Friday and over the weekend regarding an Oakville, Ont., teacher’s controversial attire.

Images have gone viral online and in the media over the past several days, appearing to show a teacher at Oakville Trafalgar High School wearing large prosthetic breasts in class. Social media posts have indicated that protests have been planned over the controversy, both on Friday and over the weekend. It comes after trustees with the HDSB met and agreed to review the dress code.

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

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

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

Ontario school board is now reviewing dress code after busty teacher controversy

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BLOGTO – After more than a week of international attention due to the oversized prosthetic bust of one of its teachers, the Halton District School Board is now apparently in the process of re-assessing its dress code.

Photos and videos of an educator from Oakville Trafalgar High School began making the rounds on social media last week, showing her wearing an impossibly large and unignorable bust piece while leading a class.

While many expressed concern over the very visible nipples of the tech instructor, who is trans, in the workplace, the school board stood by their employee, stating that “gender identity and gender expression are protected grounds under the Ontario Human Rights Code” and that it was a confidential personnel matter.

“HDSB recognizes the rights of students, staff, parents/guardians and community members to equitable treatment without discrimination based upon gender identity and gender expression,” a spokesperson added to blogTO on September 19 …

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While many expressed concern over the very visible nipples of the tech instructor, who is trans, in the workplace, the school board stood by their employee, stating that “gender identity and gender expression are protected grounds under the Ontario Human Rights Code” and that it was a confidential personnel matter.

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