Reaffirming Our Values

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Dear David Douglas School District Families,

As we enter the month of May and ultimately approach the end of the 2018-2019 school year we would like to take this opportunity to recognize and reaffirm our District’s commitment to our students, families, and community.

A priority for the School Board, administrative leadership and staff in the David Douglas School District is to ensure that each of our students feel welcome, safe, supported, challenged and has the opportunity to engage in an inclusive learning environment. 

This priority starts with our students’ safety, and we want our community to know that our schools and educational community will not accept any form of hate speech or violence, including but not limited to bullying, harassment, racism, sexism, homophobia, trans phobia, xenophobia, ableism or any other form of discrimination.

As a district, we are committed to the safety, security and equity for all students. We want our community to know that the David Douglas Board Policy sets clear guidelines with explicit language of zero tolerance for any discriminatory or harassing behavior. This kind of behavior is not tolerated.

David Douglas schools must and will remain safe and productive learning environments for each of our students. Our public schools represent one of the only entities that is mandated to serve everyone who walks through our doors regardless of income level, national origin, religious affiliation, gender, race, etc. At David Douglas, we celebrate this fact.

As a District and community, we value the identity and heritage of each student, no matter their background, race, religion, income, gender, gender identity, sexual identity or beliefs. With that said we know part of the work to ensure that all students feel safe, includes a commitment to interrupting language and actions that do not reflect our beliefs and priorities of an inclusive environment.  We would like to ask your support by having further discussions at home around the importance of all students feeling safe and included, and the negative impact of hurtful, hateful, discriminatory and/or racist language and actions. We also ask you will help us by encouraging your children to support others and to report any incident they know promotes hate, discrimination, racism or intolerance. This document from Education Northwest that may be helpful during these discussions.

Our hope is that our students are equipped to interrupt discriminatory or non-inclusive actions and understand that being a bystander can have a negative effect on those involved and will damage our school and community culture. Please discuss the critical importance of students acting as champions for others and not giving hate or intolerance a place in our District. We want David Douglas to be a place where students and adults take a stand when they see actions or hear language that is discriminatory, hurtful, racist, hateful or intolerant. 

We are very thankful to be part of a school district where the staff, students and the entire community is committed to ensuring a positive learning environment for each of our amazing students. One of the many strengths of our District is our beautiful diversity. Thank you for your continued trust and partnership in educating your children. 

Sincerely,

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