Response To Hate Speech
PPS is committed to realizing our community’s vision that a graduate of Portland Public Schools will be a compassionate, critical thinker, able to collaborate and solve problems, and be prepared to lead a more socially just world. Our priority is to provide welcoming, safe and inclusive schools where every child can learn and grow to reach their potential. To ensure a learning environment of safety, security and belonging for every student, PPS does not tolerate hate speech nor acts of discrimination.
Several schools experienced incidents and demonstrations of hate speech that threaten our core values of racial equity and social justice.
A cross functional team with membership from several departments and with the input of school leaders developed a set of protocols. These protocols are designed to provide additional guidance and clarify protocols for PPS educators, principals and staff as incidents of hate speech continue to escalate in our community and across the nation. This document will provide initial guidance on anonymous incidents and will continue to be updated to provide guidance to additional incidents. Our goal is to support principals and school communities in providing proactive engagement to prevent incidents from occurring or recurring.
In 1997, PPS adopted the Non-Discrimination/Anti-Harassment Policy which has been amended throughout the years to respond to emerging situations.
The intent of the policy is to provide a culture of safety for students, families and employees by outlining protected classes, providing mechanisms for complaints and reporting to ensure the safety and well being of all. The district’s protected classes include: age, national origin, disability, economic status, race, religion, gender, sexual orientation, and gender expression or identity. The policy also provides consequences for those who engage in discriminatory practices, dismissal of staff and trespass of parents and volunteers.