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Board Reinforces Schools Safe for All Students

Nov. 18, 2016
 

In response to DPS students and families who have expressed feelings of uncertainty and anxiety following the election, the Board of Education tonight unanimously adopted a resolution committing the district to ensuring DPS schools are equitable, safe spaces for all of our kids.

The resolution cites the district’s vision that Every Child Succeeds and DPS Shared Core Value of Equity as the foundation for the board to “…publicly affirm its dedication and commitment to all of the students and families that we serve, the employees in our district and the members of our community. We will continue to take any and all actions authorized by law and our policies to provide equal opportunities and safe learning spaces for all of our students.”

Superintendent Tom Boasberg read the resolution, which underscores the legal right of every child — regardless of immigration status — to receive a public education. The resolution also reinforces that federal and state laws prohibit school districts and public schools from discriminating on the basis of race, color, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, transgender status, religion, national origin, ancestry, age, marital status, pregnancy status, veteran status or disability.

“In times like this, our mission is more critical than ever,” said Boasberg. “We believe education helps bridge our differences and brings us together with respect and understanding rather than fear.”

“This resolution is not about political affiliation — at all,” said Board Member Lisa Flores. “We are in the business of educating our children, and in order to do that, our students need to feel safe, and respected, and that is what this resolution is about.”

Board Members Rosemary Rodriguez and Happy Haynes expressed pride in how DPS students have conducted themselves. “They have a lot of questions, and I’m not sure we have all the answers, but I think this resolution expresses that we stand united with them,” said Haynes. “In the past few weeks, I have heard heartbreaking stories about the fear and anxiety our children and their families are feeling. I think this effort of ours is to wrap our arms around our teachers and families and students — who should be focusing on learning — and not about their basic safety in our community.”

Added Board President Anne Rowe: “I am so thankful for the adults working in our system who wrap themselves around our kids, make them feel safe, allow their voices to be heard and take care of them.”

In addition to this resolution, the district has shared a message from Superintendent Boasberg and an Immigration FAQ for parents and families (also available in Spanish, Arabic, Vietnamese, Amharic, French, Nepali, Russian and Somali).

Did You Know:

  • By law, any resident in Colorado ages six to 21 is entitled to attend public school in DPS.
  • Under Supreme Court law, all children are entitled to a public education regardless of their immigration status or the status of their parents.
  • Public schools and school districts in Colorado are subject to all federal and state laws and constitutional provisions prohibiting discrimination on the basis of race, color, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, transgender status, religion, national origin, ancestry, age, marital status, pregnancy status, veteran status, or disability.

These principles are set forth in Board policies, AC, AC-R1, AC-R2, GBA, GBA-R1, GBA-R2, JB, JB-R1 and JB-R2.

Consejo de Educación aprueba por unanimidad resolución que confirma que las Escuelas Públicas de Denver son lugares equitativos y seguros para todos los estudiantes y sus familias

Integrantes del Consejo de Educación reaccionan frente a las inquietudes de los estudiantes y sus familias

El jueves, 17 de noviembre de 2016, el Consejo de Educación de las Escuelas Públicas de Denver aprobó una resolución que ratifica el hecho de que en las escuelas de DPS reinan la equidad y la seguridad para todos los estudiantes y sus familias. Esta resolución refleja la meta y el compromiso que ha asumido DPS de cultivar un ambiente seguro y de respaldo para todos, acoger y valorar la diversidad y actuar con rapidez para prevenir y hacer frente a las situaciones de discriminación o acoso que pudieran presentarse en las escuelas.

Los miembros del Consejo tomaron esta medida tras escuchar el sentido de incertidumbre y la ansiedad que expresaron muchos estudiantes y sus familias a continuación de una temporada electoral en la que han reinado la división y los desencuentros. Los miembros del Consejo aprobaron esta resolución como reacción a estas inquietudes y como reconocimiento de nuestra misión de “el éxito de todos los estudiantes.

“Estoy sumamente agradecida con los adultos que trabajan en nuestro sistema y se dedican enteramente a los niños, los hacen sentir seguros, les permiten expresarse abiertamente y los cuidan”, manifestó Anne Rowe, presidenta del Consejo. “Apoyo firmemente esta resolución. Nos hemos comprometido a cumplir con esto a diario”.

La resolución también pone el énfasis en la equidad, uno de los valores fundamentales compartidos del Distrito, celebra la diversidad de DPS y reitera el compromiso que ha asumido el Distrito de ofrecer recursos y apoyo con el fin de eliminar los obstáculos que enfrentan los estudiantes para alcanzar el éxito y fomentar un futuro más equitativo para todos nuestros hijos.

Las Escuelas Públicas de Denver crearon una hoja de respuestas a algunas preguntas sobre la inmigración que se repartió a las familias de DPS en 10 idiomas diferentes. Además, el superintendente Tom Boasberg redactó y envió una carta a la comunidad de DPS tras las elecciones de la semana pasada.