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School district to train teachers for 'Brave Space' program – claims students are experiencing more stress due to 'racial tensions,' 'Capitol riot,' and 'unsettling times'

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A Nevada school district has started training and certifying "ally" teachers for its "safe space" program, claiming that students are experiencing more stress due to "racial tensions," the "Capitol riot," and "unsettling times," according to documents obtained by Fox News Digital.

A presentation from the Washoe County School District in Reno, Nevada, revealed that the district had implemented a three-part "Brave Space" training program for teachers to support students who reported suffering from more stress.

The program was created as part of the district's 5161 policy regarding "Gender Identity and Gender Non-Conformity-Students," according to a lawsuit filed against the school by attorneys Sigal Chattah and Joey Gilbert on behalf of a mother who asked to remain anonymous due to concerns of retaliation.

The district's policy allows school officials to withhold information about a child's gender identity from parents. It states that staff should not "disclose information that may reveal a student's transgender non-conforming status to others, including parents/guardians or others= staff members."

The policy allows students to be referred to by their preferred names and pronouns. It also permits students to use restrooms and locker rooms that align with their gender identity, as well as attend physical education classes and intramural sports that coincide with their chosen gender.

Additionally, district policy 9200 gives students the right to file a complaint if there is an "intentional or persistent refusal to respect a student's gender identity, such as by referring to the student by a name or pronounce that does not correspond to the student's gender identity."

According to Chattah, both of the district's controversial policies violate constitutional rights and attempt to replace the role of the parents.

Chattah told Fox News Digital that the lawsuit against the district aims to "protect the family unit" and prevent teachers from being trained to "engage in this secrecy."

"What we're seeing with these policies and specifically 5161 is that it really is hostile to parents' rights and raising their children," she stated.

Teachers who participate in the Brave Space training program will receive a placard to display in their classrooms that indicates they are an "ally" and identify as "safe staff member[s] to discuss matters pertaining to sensitive topics."

The designation is "a way for employees to indicate that all students are welcome regardless of sex, race, or gender identity."

"Brave Space participants have to be sensitive to issues regarding confidentiality," stated the presentation, created by the district's Equity and Diversity department.

It encourages teachers to "Speak YOUR truth," "experience discomfort," and approach everything through an "equity lens."

Teachers who participate in the training program are required to watch a YouTube video titled "5 Tips For Being An Ally," which explains how to "understand your privilege" and that "unlearning problematic things takes time and work."

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