Every Student Belongs: Updated Model policy ACB and ACB-AR
The updated model sample policy and administrative regulation, ACB - Every Students Belong, is available now.
In September 2020, in response to a student request, the Oregon State Board of Education adopted Oregon Administrative Rule (OAR) 581-022-2312. This was called All Students Belong, and required all districts, ESDs and charter schools to adopt a policy prohibiting symbols of hate and addressing bias incidents. In October 2020, OSBA released model sample policy ACB – All Students Belong, and its administrative regulation (AR), ACB-AR to help educational organizations meet these requirements.
In February 2021, amendments to the OAR were adopted, including changing the title to Every Student Belongs. In May 2021, the Oregon Legislature adopted House Bill 2697, which placed many of the same requirements into statute. Finally, in October 2021, the OAR was amended again to more closely align with the legislative action.
While the general intent and impact of the law have not changed, the changes made by the legislature and the State Board necessitate several changes to the model sample policy and its accompanying AR. The model policy and AR will help schools across Oregon meet the requirements of these laws and protect students. We recommend that boards and school districts work to replace existing documents with these new versions by January 1, 2022.
The Oregon Department of Education will soon be releasing guidance to support schools in this effort. This updates to policy and AR will be released in Policy Update at the end of this month. Policy Plus subscribers will receive their packets after that release.