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Recent Hate Incidents Have No Place in Our School
Posted by: Maria Clayton Published: 11/3/17

 

As many in our school community have heard, there have been a series of incidents of graffiti perpetrated at Davis Senior High school including swastikas, anti-Semitic slogans, racial and other slurs including the “N”-word” that have targeted Jewish, African Americans, LGBTQ and other groups in our school community.   I am proud of the response from the Interim Principal McHale and the Davis Senior High School staff to hate speech on the campus.  The message has been clear and consistent: There is no room for intolerance in Davis Joint Unified and we will stand against hate and continue to be a safe and welcoming place for all students, staff and families.

 

In all cases, the acts of hate were reported to Davis Police, and Davis Senior High is conducting internal school investigations to determine who may be responsible for the separate incidents. Yesterday, Davis Senior High gathered students together in groups to discuss what incidents have occurred, the impact that has had on students and the school community and what needs to be done to repair the harm. Student voice is central to this dialogue.  In addition, teachers and district staff have coordinated educational resources that will be used to reinforce this as a learning moment and to help continue this important work into the future.

 

For our students or staff who may be feeling vulnerable, counselors are available to help and provide support.

 

I want to underscore that while these acts are hateful and the subject of police investigations, Davis Senior High School’s response and actions remind us that we all can learn and grow from this important teachable moment.

 

Last February, the Davis School Board approved our We All Belong Resolution: Safe and Welcoming Schools, which provided a clear and transparent statement that DJUSD shall be a place where all students, employees and families feel welcome and safe regardless of their immigration status, race, color, ancestry, national origin, ethnic group identification, age, religion, marital or parental status, physical or mental disability, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity or gender expression.

 

As part of our ongoing work to promote these values, I want to announce that on December 4, we will be holding our second Annual We All Belong Community Forum at North Davis Elementary School multipurpose room from 6:30pm-8:00pm. I invite all members of our community to join us for an evening of learning and sharing as we continue to refine what we are doing to promote our values in speech and action.  We look forward to parent, student, staff and community participation in this important workshop.

 

We continue to seek everyone’s voice and support as we remain resolved in our efforts to provide a school climate of peace, respect and openness to diverse perspectives where all students, staff and families belong.

 

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Incidentes recientes de odio no tienen lugar en nuestras escuelas

 

Como muchos en nuestra comunidad escolar han escuchado, ha habido una serie de incidentes de grafiti perpetrados en la preparatoria de Davis, incluyendo esvásticas, lemas antisemitas, insultos raciales dirigidos a afroamericanos, judíos, LGBTQ y otros grupos en nuestra comunidad escolar. Estoy orgulloso de las acciones del Director Interino McHale y el personal de la preparatoria Davis sobre su respuesta al discurso de odio en el plantel. El mensaje ha sido claro y consistente: no hay lugar para la intolerancia en el Distrito Escolar Unificado de Davis y nos opondremos al odio y continuaremos siendo un lugar seguro y acogedor para todos los estudiantes, el personal del plantel y las familias.

 

En todos los casos, los actos de odio fueron informados a la policía de Davis y la escuela preparatoria de Davis está llevando a cabo investigaciones internas de la escuela para determinar quién puede ser responsable de los incidentes separados. Ayer, la preparatoria de Davis reunió a los estudiantes en grupos para analizar los incidentes que se han producido, el impacto que ha tenido en los estudiantes y la comunidad escolar y lo que se debe hacer para reparar el daño. La voz del estudiante es fundamental para este diálogo. Además, los maestros y el personal del distrito han coordinado los recursos educativos que se utilizarán para reforzar esto como un momento de aprendizaje y para ayudar a continuar este importante trabajo en el futuro.

 

Para nuestros estudiantes o personal que se sientan vulnerables, los consejeros están disponibles para ayudar y brindar apoyo.

 

Quiero subrayar que, aunque estos actos son odiosos y de investigaciones policiales, la respuesta y las acciones de la preparatoria de Davis nos recuerdan que todos podemos aprender y crecer desde este momento importante de enseñanza.


El febrero pasado, el Distrito Escolar Unificado de Davis aprobó nuestra Resolución Todos Pertenecemos (We All Belong): Escuelas seguras y acogedoras, que proporcionó una declaración clara y transparente de que el Distrito Escolar Unificado de Davis será un lugar donde todos los estudiantes, empleados y familias se sientan bienvenidos y seguros independientemente de su estado migratorio, raza , color, ascendencia, origen nacional, identificación étnica, edad, religión, estado civil o parental, discapacidad física o mental, sexo, orientación sexual, género, identidad de género o expresión de género.

Como parte de nuestro trabajo en curso para promover estos valores, deseo anunciar que el 4 de diciembre celebraremos nuestro segundo Foro Anual de la Comunidad Todos Pertenecemos (We All Belong) en la sala de usos múltiples de la escuela primaria North Davis de 6:30 p.m. a 8:00 p.m. Invito a todos los miembros de nuestra comunidad a unirse con nosotros para una tarde de aprendizaje y de intercambio a medida que continuamos refinando lo que estamos haciendo para promover nuestros valores en el habla y la acción. Esperamos la participación de padres, estudiantes, personal y la comunidad en este importante taller.

Seguimos buscando la voz y el apoyo de todos, mientras seguimos resueltos en nuestros esfuerzos por proporcionar un clima escolar de paz, respeto y aceptación a diversas perspectivas a las que pertenecen todos los estudiantes, el personal y las familias.