Dear Roseway Heights Staff, Students, Families and Community,
This past week completed a very long, and at times difficult, election season for our country. Because of the tone and messaging around this Presidential election, I feel it is necessary to reaffirm our commitment to honor and support all members of our community. This message is non-partisan, and non-political--irrespective of who you voted for, or if you voted at all, my message is the same. This school will show ALL students respect, compassion and love and we will not tolerate speech or action that attempts to denigrate, harm or devalue any member of our community.
There have been a number of articles emailed out by the district, shared on Facebook, and shared among our community that address how best to speak with our students and each other about the election. In this case, I will attach some below, but I also think we need look no further than our own mission statement which reads:
Roseway Heights’ mission is to help all students achieve their potential and become creative, confident, and compassionate life-long learners.
I want us to focus on both the words “all” and “compassionate” when we think about our school community. There are no doubt people in our community that are fearful for their safety in a way they were not before this week’s results, and there are also people for whom a feeling of safety has never been assumed. Additionally, there are people in our community that continue to feel safe and secure as they always have. Our school must work to provide both physical and emotional safety for all of our students and their families. All means all. Irrespective of religious belief, immigration status, economic standing, and political view, all members of our community must feel welcome.
I know many of our students followed the election closely and are well studied in the issues. It is my suggestion that when talking to students we speak to them honestly, honor their feelings and help them know that the adults in their life will work to support them. This is NOT to say all students nor all families will need support, but for those that do, we will be there. There have been numerous instances of hate speech at, in and near schools both in Oregon and throughout the United States in the days following the election. Please know that we will address that in our community if we need to, and I will be in communication about it. This is a time to unite as a community and focus on educating our young people. As always, if you have any questions, please feel free to contact me.
With love and compassion,
Principal, Roseway Heights
An article about talking about the election with young people:
The Oregon Department of Education (ODE) issues annual report cards for every school and school district. The report cards offer families and the community valuable information about student attendance and achievement and teacher experience, among other things.
Resolution also outlines plan for training staff for ICE activity at schools
Citing its commitment to providing for the physical safety and emotional well-being of all children in Portland Public Schools, the Board of Education on Thursday, November 17 considered and unanimously passed a resolution that clarified the District’s procedures relating to Immigration Control Enforcement (ICE) activity in PPS schools.
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