Board Approves Next Steps Towards Equity Resolution
At the September 14 Board of Education meeting, the OCS Board approved the Resolution for the Board’s Next Steps towards Equity in Education in OCS (link) as acknowledgement of persistent racial intolerance, inequities and academic disparities in our district as defined by OCS Policy 1030 (link).
Now, more than ever before, we have to demonstrate that we are a district where each member of our community matters.
Our district will not tolerate our students, families, and staff feeling unsafe in their own skin. We will continue to place value on building a culture dedicated to truth and respect for each person’s lived experience. As such we are committed to the:
Development and promotion of a culture of high expectations for all students;
Attending racial equity training to work through how we govern in a district that has disparate educational outcomes along the lines of race and socioeconomic status;
Continuous work of raising the level of achievement for all students while eliminating academic disparities;
Ensuring that personal characteristics (real or perceived) will not predict any individual’s educational outcomes;
Active recruitment, support, and retainment of a diverse workforce;
Active training and support of all administrators, teachers, and staff in implementing this policy including creating culturally affirming and relevant classrooms and schools;
Engagement of staff, students, parents/guardians, and the entire community to build and sustain a culture emblematic of the ideals of this Equity Policy; and
Black Lives Matter is not a partisan or political statement, it is an affirmation of the inherent value of the lives of our Black students, staff, and community members, which have been historically undervalued in this country.
What we do as those entrusted to care for and educate our students matters. And we do not take this responsibility lightly. We know that by taking steps toward equity every day, we can ensure our students feel safe and supported. We can begin building the world we want our children to grow up in, together.