LBUSD Equity Policy
The purpose of this policy is to establish a common foundation of equity that will be implemented throughout LBUSD. As an organization, we recognize and acknowledge our differences and we commit to authentic, continuous improvement. By design, this policy will establish a standard of humanity, compassion, sensitivity and respect as related to accessibility and care with high expectations for all staff, students, and families. Full implementation of this policy includes celebrating student’s unique identities to include race, ethnicity, socio-economic status, disability, language background, foster youth, immigrant children, neurodiversity, religious beliefs, gender identification and/or sexual orientation.
As we center equity, it is important that we also hold responsibility for the ways in which K-12 educational institutions have participated or collaborated in the systemic oppression of BIPOC students and those with disabilities. This policy creates a path forward through informed professional development and a focus on identifying and dismantling practices endemic throughout American society, including large urban school districts like LBUSD, that are racist, oppressive, and exclusive for specific individuals or groups of students. While this policy reflects our district values, it is designed with the recognition that our work around equity will be guided by the data that we gain through continued engagement with students and families. LBUSD commits to evolving as professional development continues.
Furthermore, as the deep work of anti-racism uncovers harmful biases not yet realized, we will grow as a system to meet the needs of our students. This policy reflects this moment in time. Adjustments will occur as needed as we learn more, analyze data differently, and make strides as a unified system. We view this document as a starting point and we expect to update this policy on an annual basis as we evolve in future work around equity.