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Safe and Welcoming for All Students

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In March of 2017, the Oregon City School Board passed a resolution (PDF) that affirms the district’s commitment to creating safe and welcoming school environments for all students. The full text, in multiple languages, is available below.

In basic terms, the resolution says that everyone is welcome in our schools regardless of race, gender identity, sexuality, immigration status, country of origin or other factors. It also says that everyone is entitled to academic success regardless of their background or family circumstances and each student will be provided the necessary supports to ensure that success. 

We will do our best to maintain a positive, inclusive environment in our schools. Anything you can do to reinforce these attributes would be greatly appreciated. 

Oregon City Schools will continue to be, a place where students and their families can focus on learning without fear of discrimination or harassment. We have communicated this message with the leadership, staff, and students in our schools, but more remains to be done. Through communication and training, we can ensure that everyone in our schools knows how to be sensitive to their colleagues, students, and families. 

Parents and staff are an important influence on the lives of your children. Thank you for thinking about how we can all work together to make our district a safe and welcoming place for all students and families.

This page includes various information and resources to help parents find policies that address issues such as harassment, bullying, and investigations by law enforcement.
 


Harassment, Intimidation, Bullying and Cyberbullying  

  • Policies [AC, JF, JFAJFCF]
  • Hazing, harassment, sexual harassment, bullying, cyberbullying, intimidation, menacing will not be tolerated. 
  • Students who violate the policy will be disciplined.
  • Staff must report incidents to the principal.
  • Everyone is encouraged to report incidents to the principal. 

Investigation by Local Law Enforcement

  • Policy [KN]
  • Police are asked to contact the principal before questioning a student during school hours. 
  • Police are expected to follow all procedures prescribed by law when questioning a student. 
  • Police or government officials cannot take a student from school without a court order, making an arrest, a protective custody order, or permission from the parent or guardian. 

 


Immigration Officials and Other Non-Local Law Enforcement  

  • Policies [JOA, JOBKN]
  • Officials must present verifiable identification.
  • Officials can't remove a student from school without a warrant. 
  • If a warrant, subpoena or authorization from a parent or guardian is presented, the principal will contact the district's attorney. 
  • Student records are confidential. 

Complaints and Resolution Process 

  • Policies [KL, KL-AR]
  • The district is committed to resolving complaints in a timely manner though direct, informal communication. 
  • If not resolved through the informal process, a formal complaint can be filed. 
  • Contact the principal to start the formal complaint process. 

 


Related Policies, Resolutions and Resources