At its meeting Tuesday night, the Salem-Keizer Public Schools (SKPS) Board of Directors revised and unanimously affirmed Resolution No. 201920-1, “Safe and Welcoming Schools.” Originally adopted in 2016, the resolution was revised this year to include more explicit language about students’ confidential information and to ensure our students’ learning environments are not disrupted by immigration enforcement actions
In part, the resolution states, “Whereas, the School Board is committed to protecting students’ constitutional rights, including their Fourth Amendment right to be free from unreasonable searches and seizures and to access a free public education.”
“Nothing is more important than the safety of our students, and that includes their psychological safety,” said Superintendent Christy Perry. “As educators, we focus on trauma-informed care. There is no greater trauma for a child than the sudden separation from a parent or loved one, and it is imperative that our children know that they’re safe in our schools and at our activities so they can feel empowered to learn.”
“We chose to vote on this resolution before school resumes because we’ve heard clearly from our community that we must take steps to support our students and make the return to school easier,” said Board Chair Marty Heyen.
The resolution resolves: “the School Board expects the District shall do everything in its lawful power to protect our students’ confidential information and ensure that our students learning environments are not disrupted by immigration enforcement actions.”
The Safe and Welcoming Schools Resolution also was read and affirmed in Spanish.
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