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Equity & Inclusion

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As a school district, we have the important responsibility of supporting the learning and growth of all students in a way that aligns with our Five Values. This includes a clear understanding of the importance of equity and understanding that every member of our community is treated with respect and kindness. Our goal is to create a school environment where all students feel safe, supported, and a sense of belonging, which is when the most impactful opportunities for learning occur.

Actions We Are Taking

  • Educating staff, students and families about our Anti-Hate Speech policy;
  • Empowering student organizations to be active participants in our equity work;
  • Advancing our curriculum to promote equity, honor cultural diversity and eliminate institutional biases;
  • Engaging parents, families and community members in educational forums;
  • Recruiting and retaining caring and professional BIPOC educators/staff;
  • Partnering with local and national organizations to more fully understand and act upon institutional and other forms of racism in our district; and
  • Investing in professional development programs and study/discussion groups for teachers and staff that are focused on equity and racism.

Anti-Hate Speech Policy

One important component of creating an inclusive school community for all students focuses on speaking to one another in a kind and respectful way. In June 2020, the Oregon School District Board of Education adopted an Anti-Hate Speech Policy. Hate speech is any form of communication that attacks, threatens, degrades or insults a person or group based on their race, color, national origin, ancestry, creed, age, gender, disability, sexual orientation, gender variance or any other group protected by Board Policy 157. Hate speech has a harmful impact on students in our schools and will not be tolerated in our District. 

Anti-Hate Speech Policy

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