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School Board Adopts Anti-Racism Resolution

At their May 3 meeting, the Shoreline School Board unanimously adopted a historic Anti-Racism Resolution to support implementation of anti-racism processes and practices for students and staff across the district.

The resolution was drafted by a group of Shoreline Schools staff of color and included input and ideas from students, staff, community and the school board.

“This resolution was created with care and urgency,” said Dr. Tanisha Brandon-Felder, director of equity and family engagement. “The most impacted groups crafted the language, did the research, gathered examples and created the vision.”

Superintendent Rebecca Miner agreed. “This is an important step for our district to put policies and processes in place to address incidents of racism that impact our students, staff and families,” she said.

Some of the resolution’s highlights include:

  • Ensuring that implicit bias, racism, oppression and their impacts are understood
  • Proactively teaching students and staff about racism’s causes and effects
  • Developing and revising student handbooks and discipline policies to reflect the impact racially derogatory language and actions have on BIPOC (Black, Indigenous and People of Color) students and staff
  • Reviewing and adjusting grading, discipline and special education/program identification practices to remove the disproportionality that exists for BIPOC students
  • Establishing Anti-Racism, Hate and Bias Plans in each school that includes staff training and accountability measures
  • Developing plans and allocating resources for ongoing anti-racism training for all students, staff and members of the school board
  • Holding students and staff accountable for interpersonal racist acts
  • Establishing processes for students and staff to report and receive support when racist incidents occur

You can read the entire Anti-Racism Resolution here.

Students in Amy McClellan’s eighth grade social studies class at Einstein Middle School recently reviewed and discussed the resolution as part of a class assignment. “It’s important because we need change,” said Kaya Mortimer, also noting that public accountability and recognition of incidents involving racism aren’t often practiced enough in schools.

Fellow classmate Malaina Mirabueno was encouraged to see the steps taken in the resolution. “I think that the proactive practices in the resolution will help support BIPOC students and staff by creating a safer environment for them to feel included and give them a safe space where they know they can safely report racist situations they may be involved in or know of,” she said.

“On behalf of the School Board, I want to say how very grateful we are for the incredible work, insight and advocacy that went into developing our Anti-Racism Resolution,” said School Board President Meghan Jernigan. “This document represents our values and vision for becoming an anti-racist organization and puts important processes and practices in place to proactively combat racism in all its forms. We look forward to the work that will follow as part of the resolution’s implementation.”