News & Information
Dear 287 Families,
Equity remains one of our school district’s highest priorities. I wanted to follow up on an email I sent you a few weeks ago and share more about some of the actions we are taking to equitable serve students.
287 Schools are a Safe Haven
Last week our school board passed a resolution affirming 287's commitment to be a safe haven for our students, regardless of their immigration status. It is not the role of 287 as an educational organization to ask about the citizenship or immigration status of any of its students or families. Our role is to educate and support students, and to create a safe and welcoming place for them to learn. You are welcome to view the resolution.
Again, I am proud of the unique and diverse experiences and people that make up the Intermediate District 287 community. Our students and families who are immigrants or refugees form an important part of this diversity and we continue to welcome you with open hearts and open minds.
287 Supports Students who are LGBTQ
We welcome and support LGBTQ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer and/or Questioning) students and allies in our schools. Our practices around gender inclusion remain unchanged. We will ensure that all students, regardless of gender identity, are provided equal opportunity to participate in all educational programs and activities.
These efforts include:
Honoring the requests of students and their families to identify students by their preferred name and gender identity in every way possible.
Providing all students access to gender neutral bathrooms or facilities that best align with their gender identity.
Will not tolerate students being harassed and discriminated against for their gender identity.
We believe our schools must be welcoming and safe places for all students and their families and our staff!