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Supportive School Climate Advisory Committee Update

The Supportive School Climate committee met in January and March to discuss the steps the OUHSD is taking to change our discipline practices in order to create safer campuses and ensure that all students are receiving equitable opportunities to be successful in the classroom.  Staff is working to finalize a Progressive Intervention Policy that includes three levels of intervention:  Level I - teachers; Level II - counselor/Social Worker; and Level III - administration. Each level includes interventions to deal with behavioral issues, such as phone calls home, morning and afternoon counseling check-ins and drug/tobacco courses as well as positive interventions, such as receiving school gear, front of the line lunch pass, game pass and positive phone calls home.  We have a page on our website: https://bit.ly/SupportiveSchoolClimate dedicated to this committee that includes meeting minutes, district data, equity resources, and other information that has been reviewed by this committee.  Our last meeting of this year is scheduled for May 3rd at 5:00 p.m. via Zoom (Meeting ID: 878 1559 5479 Passcode: 383806)

Topics to be covered include: Draft Discipline Plan, Discipline Matrix, LCAP, Progress on DOJ Findings  Focus of the Supportive School Climate Committee.  The agenda will be posted on April 26, 2021.

The focus of this committee is 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.