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† A Message for the Community

† Superintendent Jim Schlachter






February 3, 2017


Dear Gresham-Barlow School District Staff and Families,

The mission of the Gresham-Barlow School District is to prepare every student for success. To achieve our mission, we must provide our students with an educational environment that is welcoming and safe. On behalf of the school district and in consultation with the board-appointed Superintendentís Equity Advisory Committee, I am writing to affirm our commitment to the safety and well being of all students in our district.†

The school districtís Educational Equity Policy JBB states: ďThe Gresham-Barlow School District recognizes that an inclusive and welcoming environment allows students and families to feel safe, respected, and valued, thus supporting students in achieving their educational objectives.Ē† Our staff is committed to providing such an environment in our schools every day for every student and will continue to do so. As a district we recognize that culture and diversity are assets for our communities that are to be respected.

The Gresham-Barlow School Districtís Policy GBNA states behaviors such as hazing, harassment, intimidation, and bullying are strictly prohibited and shall not be tolerated. This policy is always in effect and any actions or statements that conflict with this policy will be swiftly and appropriately addressed. †If a person experiences any of the behaviors listed above it is important that they report it to school administration as soon as possible.

In an effort to maintain school environments where students and families are safely respected and valued, we strive to minimize access of outside agencies to our students. Public schools are for everyone. Federal law prohibits public schools from asking about, or maintaining information on, a studentís immigration status. The school district does not request or document this information, nor do we have this information to release.

We live in an exceptional community dedicated to encouraging and supporting our students and staff. We thank you for your continued commitment and support of our schools.


Sincerely,
Jim Schlachter
Superintendent of Schools

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