• October 14, 2019

    The Staunton City School Board recognizes and commends Dr. Garett Smith as well as SCS staff and educators for the equity, diversity, and inclusion work done to date and the strides that have been taken as a result of that work.  We also appreciate the efforts of parents, students, and other community members to share with school leadership their concerns and experiences regarding school climate.  The SCS School Board also recognizes work still needs to be done.  To that end, the School Board hereby commits to a focus on fostering a school system that is anti-racist, anti-discriminatory, and fully welcoming and supportive of all students, teachers, and staff, regardless of race, ethnicity, religion, gender, physical ability, sexual orientation, or socioeconomic status. 

    Our priorities include:

    • Continuing and deeper level training for employees and students
    • Policy review, revision, training, and adherence, including examination of policies and their impact through a student-centered lens
    • Continuing efforts to attract, hire, and retain diverse teachers and report on results
    • Respect for all children and their physical needs
    • Supporting a strengthened communication loop between administration, teachers, and parents
    • Transparency in the process and progress of this work at the Board level, training in particular, via public forums