Every Student Belongs: Updated Model policy ACB and ACB-AR
The updated model sample policy, ACB - Every Students Belong, is coming soon.
On February 18, 2021, the Oregon State Board of Education adopted a permanent rule, Oregon Administrative Rule (OAR) 581-022-2312 - Every Student Belongs; a revision to the All Students Belong adopted in 2020. This rule takes an unprecedented step to protect some of our schools’ most marginalized students, as well as staff and others. As an OAR Chapter 581 Division 22 requirement, districts, ESDs and public charter schools will be required to verify that they are in compliance.
The original temporary rule required districts, ESDs, public charter schools and others receiving state funding for education to adopt a policy prohibiting symbols of hate and addressing bias incidents by January 1, 2021. Updates to the original recommended model sample policy ACB - All Students Belong and its administrative regulation are coming soon and will need to be adopted to comply with the revised permanent rule.
The rule continues to prohibit the “use or display” of symbols of hate, including the noose, symbols of neo-Nazi ideology, and the battle flag of the Confederacy. The policy that you adopt must reflect this prohibition. Before adoption, we recommend that you forestall potential legal challenges by documenting the following:
Previous incidents arising from the presence of these symbols or related issues;
Why the presence of these symbols would cause a material and substantial disruption to the educational environment; and
How these symbols interfere with other students’ right to be secure and let alone in their schools.
The rule allows adding to the list of prohibited symbols, but we strongly recommend that you consult with your legal counsel before doing so.
The rule also defines a “bias incident” and requires related procedures and requirements. Because these requirements are unique to bias incidents, we have created a separate complaint procedure. If you want to incorporate this into existing complaint procedures, we recommend that you work closely with your legal counsel.
The Oregon Department of Education's information is available here.