Role of the Supportive School Climate Advisory Committee
One of the requirements of the stipulated agreement with the Department of Justice is to establish a Supportive School Climate Advisory Committee consisting of parents, students and staff who are representative of the diverse students attending District schools and members of community organizations and non-profit organizations who work with and provide supports to students and parents in the area to provide suggestions on improvements to the District’s discipline policies, procedures, and practices, the terms and implementation of substantive provisions in this Judgment, and communications with parents, students, and the community regarding the same.
The focus of this committee will be to: (a) emphasize the District’s commitment to treating all students fairly and equitably in the administration of discipline without regard to race, color, national origin, sex, gender, gender identity, disability, religion or foster youth or homeless status; (b) discuss what is expected of students and staff under the revised policies and practices; (c) describe the alternative means of correction that will be available and implemented; (d) explain the law, research, and evidence supporting the steps and practices the District will be implementing to provide a safe, welcoming, and supportive school environment; and (e) the ways in which parents, guardians, and education rights holders can partner with the District to provide a safe, welcoming, and supportive school environment.
The committee and its work will align with and support the District’s larger efforts to improve its equity and achievement policies and practices, including increasing staff training, modifying its student discipline policies and practices, establishing district-wide multi-tiered systems of support, strengthening mental health, social work, and counseling services for students, engaging with the school community regarding student discipline policy changes, and improving procedures for handling student complaints.
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