Edmonds School District committed to all students

By Kris McDuffy | Mar 24, 2017
Kris McDuffy

Editor’s note: The following is a note sent to Edmonds School District families earlier this month.

The Edmonds School District remains steadfast in its commitment that each and every student experiences a learning environment free from discrimination. Current events nationally are impacting many of our students, families, staff and community members.

Our intent of this letter is to show support and our care for each and every one of you. This letter also provides clarifying information about district policy and state laws, resources available within our community and two upcoming community discussions scheduled in March and April.

District policy and state laws: Transgender students

Federal departments recently rescinded guidance on transgender students but Washington state law and Edmonds School District policy continues to protect transgender students from discrimination in school.

This includes names and pronouns, dress codes, student participation in sports and physical education, harassment, and students’ use of restrooms and locker rooms. (District policy 8201 and procedure 8201-R1).

Additionally, the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) statement can be read online at www.goo.gl/yz3CzR.

District policy and state laws: Immigration

Our state’s public education system exists to serve ALL students. As a part of that system, the Edmonds School District does not function, nor will it function, as an arm of the federal immigration services.

Our state’s constitutional requirement is that students are educated “without distinction or preference on account of race, color, caste or sex.”

OSPI’s statement regarding collection of student data – what can and cannot be asked of students and families to provide – can be read at www.goo.gl/RNpWiY.

Community resources

Our Diversity, Equity and Outreach (DEO) office has compiled and will continue to add to an Immigration Resources web page (www.goo.gl/qihhZ7). We hope you find this information useful and please feel free to share with anyone in our community you think may value from it. We will continue to monitor developments and identify and build resources to support our students and families.

Community discussion opportunities

We’ve scheduled two community discussions with local organizations:

6-8 p.m. March 27 at Meadowdale High School: Know Your Rights Training for Families and Allies by Colectiva Legal Del Pueblo Organization. Register at www.goo.gl/o485kW.

6-8 p.m. April 24 at Meadowdale High School: Immigration 101 Training for Service Providers and Allies, by Northwest Immigrant Rights Project. Register at www.goo.gl/oQPrde.

The Edmonds School District’s 70,000 households, 20,000 students and families and 3,000 employees all come together to form an incredibly strong and rich place to live and learn. Thanks to all of you, together, we will remain a caring and nurturing place for all of our students and families.

Kris McDuffy is superintendent of the Edmonds School District.

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