Prevent Future Conflicts

Recommendation 7

Ensure each student, parent, teacher and administrator knows about all relevant policies, programs and reporting procedures.

The Commission cannot emphasize enough that the District must improve its communication with students, parents, and community organizations, as well as its own administration, faculty and staff. It is vital for all concerned not only to understand their rights, but also to know how to access the resources to which they are entitled. Finally, students, parents, and the community need to know where to go when they feel they have been targeted on the basis of a protected class or if they feel they have been denied language access services that are mandated by law.

The District should undertake a system-wide awareness campaign around issues relating to intergroup conflicts and the resolution of such conflicts, that includes but is not limited to:

7.1 Using all available vehicles (superintendent messages, union newsletter, press releases, reports about school safety and school improvement) to provide information about anti-discrimination and anti-harassment policies, complaint procedures, and related resources;
7.2 Posting links about conflict prevention and resolution programs, resources, and policies on District's website on all relevant pages;
7.3 Placing posters and postings about policies in front offices, in cafeterias, on school entrances, and other common areas;
7.4 Offering orientation programs that include intergroup conflicts resolution skill building to all incoming freshmen; and
7.5 Offering orientation programs that include intergroup conflicts resolution skill building and language access information to all newly arriving immigrant students.