At its meeting Tuesday night, the Salem-Keizer Public Schools (SKPS) Board of Directors reaffirmed Resolution No. 201819-2, “Safe and Welcoming Schools.” Originally adopted in 2016, the resolution commits to an inclusive, barrier-free environment where all students have access and opportunity to high-quality education.
In part, the resolution states, “Whereas, this commitment means that student success will not be predicted nor predetermined by race, national origin, disability, economic circumstance, mobility, native language, sexual orientation, immigration status, gender identity, or level of proficiency upon entering school.”
“I know wholeheartedly that this school board supports, endorses, believes in and stands by this resolution,” said Board Vice-Chair Sheronne Blasi. “We are committed to ensuring that our students feel welcome to come to school.”
“It is critically important to us that all of our students and their families feel safe, welcome and included, and that also extends to our employees,” said Superintendent Christy Perry. “Salem-Keizer Public Schools are, and will continue to be, a place where all staff, students and their families can focus on learning without fear of discrimination or harassment.”
The Safe and Welcoming Schools Resolution is supported by four district policies:
- Harassment, Intimidation, Bullying, Cyberbullying, Menacing
- Immigration Officials and Other Non-Local Law Enforcement
- Investigation by Local Law Enforcement
- Complaints & Resolution Process
View those policies and learn more about SKPS’ commitment on the Safe & Welcoming Schools webpage.