Communicating Student Learning K-9 » Additional Resources

Additional Resources



When considering which names and pronouns will appear on Written Learning Updates, it is important that the decision is student-led and that we determine from the student their desired approach.​

  • In alignment with the Human Rights Code of BC, students have the right to self-identification, and to decide the name(s) and pronoun(s) by which they are addressed. This includes students who have not made official changes to their name and gender identity in MyEdBC.

  • While graduation diplomas and transcripts from the Ministry of Education require legal name, Written Learning Updates use the “usual name” as listed in MyEdBC (note: changes to usual name in MyEdBC can be made by administrators, counsellors, and/or school office staff).

  • Using the same pronoun for all students (e.g., “they”) does not always reflect the pronouns a student may want on their Written Learning Updates, and in cases where there is uncertainty, teachers are encouraged to connect with administrators and/or counsellors for further guidance.

  • Note: Some students may not be “out” beyond the school community, and may choose to express their name and/or gender differently outside of school. When communicating with a parent/guardian, be sure to determine from the student which name and pronouns to use before writing and sending home a Written Learning Update (as well as other items such as progress updates, digital portfolios, yearbooks, etc.).

Board policy

“The Board of Education is committed to a safe, positive and inclusive learning and working environment for all students and employees regardless of their sexual orientation or gender identity… [where] all members of the school community learn and work together in an atmosphere of respect and safety, free from discrimination, harassment and/or exclusion.”

Glossary by Sarah