Commitment to Equity

On August 10, 2020, the Bay Village Board of Education passed a Resolution to Commit to Equity and Excellence in Education.

Equity


The Resolution, in its entirety, is shared below:

The Bay Village City School District Board of Education rejects all forms of racism and discrimination as being destructive to the District’s mission, vision, values and goals. We are committed to the success of every student and providing an educational experience empowering students to maximize their potential.

We value each student as an individual and are committed to meet each student where the student is academically, emotionally, mentally,
physically and socially.

We embrace our organizational responsibility to ensure that the principles of diversity, equity and inclusion are fully integrated into the culture, policies, programs, operations and practices of the District.

We seek to disrupt systemic inequities and eliminate disparities based on student and family characteristics such as, but not limited to, race, color, national origin, citizenship status, ancestry, religion, sex (including sexual orientation and gender identity), economic status, marital status, pregnancy, age, disability or military status, so that all students thrive.

The District will seek to develop and implement an Equity Initiative Action Plan with clear and measurable goals, action steps and accountability that aim to achieve the following guiding principles to the extent permissible under the District’s legal obligations:

  • To support a culture and educational experience in our District that is welcoming and inclusive for all students and that will be attractive to
    new students and families.
  • To enforce and enhance District policies, structures and practices to prevent racism, discrimination and inequities.
  • To dismantle any existing policies, practices or culture that build institutional barriers in our school district.
  • To provide high quality, culturally relevant and responsive curricula for all students, staff, administrators and the Board of Education.
  • To facilitate equitable access to co-curricular and extracurricular activities, social services, tutoring and enrichment opportunities.
  • To review hiring practices with a goal of actively seeking to expand our job applicant pool to include under-represented groups while also adhering to all applicable legal requirements.
  • To engage, include and collaborate with our families, students, residents, communities and stakeholders as their active involvement is
    essential to our ability to enact change and achieve District goals.
The Board has a responsibility to meet all legal obligations, and as such, the Board intends to carry out the plans set forth herein in compliance with those legal obligations and to the extent permissible under them. The Board directs the Superintendent and HR Director (as the District’s Title IX Compliance Officer) and any other designee of the Board including any consultant to the Board to oversee the development of this Equity Initiative Action Plan and for it to be presented to the Board of Education with an overview that includes plans for implementation and accountability.
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