On October 21, 2020, the Masconomet Regional School Committee unanimously approved an “Equity and Anti-Racism Resolution.” This statement, which was developed in response to the murders of Breonna Taylor and George Floyd and the subsequent demonstrations of the Black Lives Matter Movement, affirms the commitment of the Masconomet Regional School District to embed “diversity, equity, inclusion, and anti-racism in all aspects of education and learning for our students, families, faculty and staff.” The text of the full resolution, reproduced below, has also been posted under the “Key Policies and Documents” heading of the “Useful Links” section of the Masconomet District Website Homepage.
In order to bring the principles envisioned in the “Equity and Anti-Racism Resolution” into reality, the School Committee has also created an Anti-Racism Subcommittee. This group currently meets on Monday afternoons via Zoom teleconference. Meetings are open to the public. Future meeting agendas will be posted to the “Public Meetings” page of the Masconomet Website.
MASCONOMET SCHOOL COMMITTEE
EQUITY AND ANTI-RACISM RESOLUTION
Whereas all public and private entities must work to eradicate discriminatory practices and build a culture where all people are not judged, advantaged or disadvantaged based on their race, religion, nationality, ethnicity, citizenship status, gender identification, sexual orientation, or economic status; and
Whereas public schools are responsible for providing students with their civil right to a free and appropriate public education in a welcoming community for all students; and
Whereas every school district must commit to recruiting and retaining a diverse and culturally responsive teaching workforce; and
Whereas every school district must review and ensure that all policies and practices are actively anti racist; and
Whereas every school district must provide professional development, discussions, and self-directed learning on diversity, equity, inclusion, anti-racism, and conversation training to all staff, including school committee members; and
Whereas every school district’s curriculum and activities must be informed by anti-racism pedagogy experts and include the history of white supremacy, racial oppression, injustice, resistance and counter resistance, education, activism and legislation, as well as current systems of privilege, power and ideology; and
Whereas every school district’s curriculum and activities must holistically represent the world’s many perspectives and voices, including the work, lives and contributions of BIPOC*, LGBTQ+*, and other marginalized identities in various fields such as STEM*, business, government, arts, literature, music, sports, activism and more; and
Whereas every school district must co-create a learning community where all members feel safe, respected and supported in examining identity, navigating difficult topics, developing critical thinking and listening skills, gaining perspective, and engaging in thoughtful discussions that improve emotional intelligence, growth mindset, empathy, care, and compassion; and
Whereas every school district must operate from the premise that all lives cannot matter until Black lives matter; now, therefore, be it
Resolved that the Masconomet Regional School District is committed to embedding diversity, equity, inclusion and anti-racism in all aspects of education and learning for our students, families, faculty and staff. We must act with transparency to ensure that our Masconomet students and community have the experiences necessary to be aware, thoughtful, active participants in a diverse global environment, comprehend the repercussions of racism, respect and celebrate differences, strive for equity, dismantle racist and unjust systems, and work to lift up all members of humanity to solve the problems that plague our communities, country and world.
*BIPOC = Black, Indigenous, People Of Color
*LGBTQ+ = Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans, Queer/Questioning, Plus
*STEM = Science, Technology, Engineering, Math