Grow awareness of the issues of racism in Bexley schools
Better exposure or awareness
Dissemination of information
White silence is a problem
I think it’s important that we discuss implicit bias related to black students. There is bias in the white community that needs to be addressed
Acknowledge and address that racist acts impact students mentally, emotionally, and physically
Implement consistent affirmations and reminders of anti-racist stance
Public/consistent/persistent in ALL settings (sayings, mantra, pledge)
I also think there has to be some switch from reacting to incidents, to: what can be done on a daily basis in schools to reinforce the zero tolerance mindset (like the pledge of allegiance)
Clearly communicate policies and consequences for race-related incidents
School administration needs to be transparent about their policy for dealing with incidents of racism. What do they do when something happens?
What is chain of command when an incident of racism is raised?
Provide clear definitions and transparent policies for consequences
Needs to be transparent so parents can have input and kids can be aware of what is expected
How are issues monitored and acted on? Who reviews to ensure policies are followed?
Report clear consequences of actions (example racism report)
Give families encouragement or incentive to share consequences of perpetrator
Implement zero tolerance policy for incidents of hate speech, racism, bias, discrimination, etc. for students and teachers
This should be reflected in the DEI (equity) plan that is being developed
Incidents should have immediate consequences
A no tolerance policy of racist behavior. Consequences need to be swift and severe in order to discourage continued behavior. It is of no comfort for African American students to be subjected to their attacker (mental, physically or emotionally) daily, knowing there were no consequences for their mistreatment. This lack of response promotes lack of reporting incidents, as the students feel unheard anyway
Provide better avenues for students to report incidents and better support and protection for those who stand up against those perpetrating racism
There needs to be ACTIVE protection that is helfpul to students harmed
Students having the freedom to step out (eg right away after the incident, rather than having to wait it out and endure the trauma)
Empower students to report incidents
Make everyone accountable – “see something / say something”
What should a student do when racism occurs?
Do kids know where to go or who to turn to in case of a student feeling unsafe?
Provide students a hotline or app they can use to report incidents
Where in every school should a student go to talk with someone? Designate safe people in each school and provide “safety rooms”
Students should have the tools to shut down racist jokes and know what to say as a bystander. For example: when hearing something they think may be racist or a micro aggression, they ask the offender calmly, “What do you mean?” and tell a trusted adult immediately.
Ask our students what they need - the school should be polling students to see what they think would be beneficial. This would have to be executed carefully as to not make the burden be placed back on our BIPOC kids.
Teachers and staff must be trained and consistent in how they address racism when it happens
Specific training for teachers - exactly how to react, what to say (procedures) to ensure accountability and make students feel safe. Acknowledge that it is recognized and something will be done. Include reporting, follow-up, and parent communication in this training.
Empower teachers to be proactive (admin saw unhealthy relationship and didn’t address it); let teachers have authority to sternly address
Train and share knowledge about incidents to ensure consistent handling across teachers
Provide training on de-escalation tactics
Use discipline data to identify teachers who are most likely to issue discipline and the students who are most often targeted
Provide anti-bias training to staff so they understand the intricacies of the black experience and can better discuss race and racism with students
Incorporate racism into the anti-bullying lessons
Focus on anti-bullying. My son is in elementary school and due to some issues in class they are currently focusing on kindness and incorporating kindness lessons into the curriculum.
Use anti-bullying kindness lessons promoting tolerance
Part of the bullying education that already occurs should be specific to racism and how white children can stand up and be allies. There needs to be more focus on how the majority can make this a place of belonging and how they can be supportive of BIPOC students and friends
Provide educational resources to families to talk about racism with their own children
One of the main ways to create safety is to train white parents on how to talk to their own kids and neighbors about racism
There used to be a Parent Institute annually with different sessions, it would be great to have one on this topic.
Lack of bussing creates safety issues for students of color who do not live close to schools