02/18/2016 04:57 EST | Updated 02/18/2016 04:59 EST

Fort Vermilion School Division Refuses To Create LGBTQ Policy

The decision defies the education minister's instructions.

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EDMONTON — An Alberta school division has voted to defy the education minister and not submit a policy on transgender and other sexual minority students.

Dale Lederer, a trustee with the Fort Vermilion School Division, says the decision was made unanimously by the board at a meeting last month.

Lederer says the board feels the division's current policy already protects all students.

A spokesman for Education Minister Dave Eggen says he has heard about Fort Vermilion's concerns and plans to meet with trustees in coming weeks.

Alberta's 61 school boards have been directed to submit draft policies to the province by the end of March to better protect and accommodate LGBTQ students.

The province has suggested the policies include allowing students to join sports teams, dress and use washrooms based on their sexual identity or on what they perceive their gender to be.

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