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Equity, Diversity, Inclusion

blue water color strokes with the phrase a rising tide lifts all boats

 

Visit our Equity Website for a complete look at what we are doing for equity, diversity, and inclusion. We are keeping our site up to date with district actions towards creating a school community that not only practices equity at all levels, but is engaged in stopping acts of racism, exclusion, and bullying so that ALL students in our community have a safe, positive, and caring experience in order to access their free and appropriate education. 

The last couple of years have been hard. For our country, and our community. We have all been impacted in some way by the death of George Floyd, and the response that has spread across the nation and the world. Our country is engaged in one of the most important issues of our time regarding race and equity. The Grants Pass School District is committed to creating a safe and engaging learning space for all of our students and staff. The school district does not tolerate acts of racial prejudice or acts of violence toward anyone.  

As part of our continuous work – and we recognize there is more work to be done - the district is actively engaged in the issues of equity, diversity, and inclusion. To guide the district, we have a community team that includes students, staff, parents, and community members and we are pursuing all ways to address issues that impact our students and their families. This is a team that is action-oriented to improve Grants Pass schools for all students. The team is called TIDE, which stands for Team for Inclusion, Diversity, and Equity. We firmly believe that a rising tide lifts all boats and  together, we are the rising TIDE.  To see what action steps our team has accomplished, please click here

All systems reflect those who created them. Without knowing it, we build in bias to our systems simply because each of us only has our limited experiences. Unfortunately, those biases can be hurtful to others. Prejudice towards others is part of the human experience, but it doesn’t have to be. We can be brave to listen to others who don’t look like us. We can work to deepen our understanding of others who are not like us. We can choose to be compassionate. We can choose to be kind. We can choose to be united in our differences. To our staff, students, and families of color: we stand with you, we are here for you, and we are better because of you. 

Grants Pass Schools—Stronger Together!