Despite an overwhelming increase in harassment, many LGBTQ students do not report their troubles to school staff because they question whether or not effective intervention will occur. This creates an environment where students do not feel safe and where teachers are not equipped with all the tools they need to help these students succeed. Creating supportive learning environments for LGBTQ pupils improves their performance in school. Pupils in schools with peer support clubs report lower levels of victimization, are more likely to report that school personnel intervened when they witnessed harassment, and are less likely to miss school because of safety concerns. All pupils deserve and need safe and supportive school environments in which to learn.
The El Rancho Unified School District will provide annual training to teachers of students grades 6-12 and all other certificated employees at that school sites, on the school site and community resources for the support of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and questioning (LGBTQ) students, as well as strategies to increase support for LGBTQ+ students and thereby improve overall school climate.