Sample policy helps school districts with hate symbols rule
Tuesday, October 13, 2020
OSBA has created sample policies for school districts, charter schools and education service districts to meet “All Students Belong,” a new state rule promoting safe and inclusive schools.
“These policies fulfill all the state’s requirements and allow districts to take a powerful step to ensure a positive environment for students, staff and visitors,” said Spencer Lewis, OSBA Policy Services director.
The State Board of Education has required school districts to create policies by Jan. 1 that at a minimum include the prohibition of symbols of hate, specifically the noose, swastika and Confederate flag. Schools must also have policies for addressing bias incidents.
The Oregon Department of Education has produced guidance to help school districts implement the temporary rule. OSBA expects the rule to be made permanent in 2021.
OSBA sent a memo to superintendents and school board members Tuesday with recommendations for how school leaders should proceed.