At the board meeting, one after another, community members, former educators and district employees took their place at the podium to share their experiences and demand more inclusive action. Many were concerned the district was rushing to adopt a proposal without including input from minority or LGBTQ students and community groups.
They asked the district to hold off but the board adopted a new program called "Bully Proofing," a program being used in districts all over the country.
"I'm pleased they said this was a beginning point, I had concerns it was not given to us in advance to look over as a community," said Randi Romo with Center for Artistic Revolution.
"I think the program we're offering this district will help them think about how they approach students and how they teach students to be caring, inclusive and supportive in schools," said Sarla Thal, program trainer.
The board adopted the "Bully Proofing" framework but also agreed to bring in a new advisory committee with students and community members. Faculty will start training as soon as they get back from winter break, then students across the district can expect anti-bullying lessons once a week.