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Black Lives Matter & District Equity

Black Lives MatterThe School Board adopted the Black Lives Matter Month of Action resolution # 20-03 in February 2020. This resolution combined with our Race and Equity Policy 0600 serves as the foundation for which all of our work and commitment to our students, families, and staff is grounded. The district is committed to supporting students and families as we navigate the persistent institutionalized racism that is pervasive throughout the educational system and pledge to disrupt this system through listening to and elevating the voices of our Black students, families, and staff. 

The work our system must do to become an antiracist institution has been ongoing and will continue to be at the forefront of our efforts. Our district Diversity, Equity, and Outreach Department has been leading the work in partnership with our leadership team. 

  • Every school, starting the 2018-2019 school year, has an Equity Team with the goal to work on cultural competency across staff, empowerment of families, and disruption of the institutionalized racism found in our system. 

  • Each Equity Team is assigned an Equity Coach through our Diversity, Equity, and Outreach team to help guide and focus the work on actionable strategies that will address the marginalization of historically underserved groups.

  • The Diversity, Equity, and Outreach Department has worked to create and facilitate a training program that has had over 900 people participate in the 2019-2020 school year prior to COVID-19. We continue to create additional courses under the umbrella of an Equity Learning Institute and lead trainings remotely. 

  • A planning committee was created to support the 2019-2020 school year “Black Lives Matter” month of action for students, families, staff, and community to help bring awareness and provide support for educators. 

  • Equity Alliance for Achievement (EAACH) continues to host monthly meetings to allow families and students to lead discussions on important topics like: How we celebrate diversity, Hate speech in our schools and School Resource Officers to name a few.

With these systems in place, additional guidance, and support from Black students, families, and communities we will continue to keep pushing our system towards becoming an antiracist institution in the following ways: 

  • Continue to work to bring more student and family voices to our teams especially those of Black, Indigenous, and other communities of color so that their voice can be in the room when decisions are made. 

  • Continue offering trainings, collaboration across teams and departments, and exploring new training resources and opportunities in support of staff, families, and students to continue to work towards our goal of being an antiracist institution. 

  • Continue to expand our use of planning committees as a district team to provide additional support to our work and allow the voices of Black, Indigenous, and other communities of color to take the lead in moving this work forward. 

  • Continue to support EAACH to provide a safe space for Families and students to voice their concerns and lead on the issue of equity.

We know that this work is hard; that we will need to both support and reflect deeply as we continue to move towards our goal of becoming an antiracist institution. We invite all our students, families, staff, and community to work together towards this goal. 

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