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Thursday Update – Black Lives Matters and Phase 1 Plan of Reopening our Schools

Thursday Update from the Superintendent
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The Oxnard Union High School District stands strongly with our African-American students, and against racism and the hate, violence and oppression it engenders.  We are committed to do everything within our power to ensure our schools are models of inclusion, equity, cultural understanding and mutual respect.  To that end, at our next meeting on Wednesday, June 10th at 6:00 p.m., we will pass a resolution to support Black Lives Matters and create an action plan for addressing the distinct challenges experienced by our African-American students and specific supports needed to ensure they reach their incredible potential.  Attached is a statement from our Board President, Karen Sher, regarding our commitment to our African-American students, staff, families and community.

Phase 1 Plan for Reopening our Schools

At our next Board Meeting on Wednesday, June 10th at 6:00 p.m. , we will also give a report on our Phase 1 Plan for reopening our schools in the fall.  You may access the plan on our website under Board Meeting Agendas, or access the video of the meeting the following day on our website.  Should like to attend remotely, please email me at penelope.deleon@oxnardunion.org to request a link to attend the Google Meeting.

 

Statement Regarding Black Lives Matter

Board President, Karen Sher

June 3, 2020

Tonight, the Oxnard Union High School District will adjourn our meeting in honor of Mr. George Floyd.  Our deepest condolences go to his family. We stand strong and proudly with our African-American students, families, employees and community.

Black Lives Matter in the Oxnard Union High School District.

Our vision is a powerful future for every child and our guiding principles are equity and access. We do not do things because of one instance; we do things because they are right.  This is the work of this Board and of OUHSD. Every child is valuable and important. And we have so much more to do.

On behalf of the Board, I would like to take this moment to thank Dr. Kim Tresvant.  Our thanks and gratitude go to you.  Over the last for years you and your team of educators have established Black Student Unions and Young Black Scholars programs at every school site. You have nurtured and cultivated relationships with The Pinkard Institute and the NAACP, and in doing so, it is you who has made possible for so many students, the reality of achieving a powerful future and the opportunity to go on to a college or university of their choice. We are forever grateful that you have chosen to lend your leadership and advocacy to our OUHSD students and families. Our African American student group has increased their college and career readiness by nearly 20 percentage points.  18.9 to 38.6% . They have over doubled their readiness in just two years. And although this is an incredible achievement, we realize there is still work to do, as they fall slightly behind the overall student group.

I would also like to take this moment, on behalf of the Board, to thank Dr. DeLeon for her tireless leadership, specifically, and intentionally, around equity and access. It is not enough to only speak the words. Action must be taken to bring about systemic change. Of all the legacies you will leave at OUHSD, equity and access are the brightest and longest lasting.  We are forever grateful to you, and to your team, as well.

While we have done great work around equity and diversity, on behalf of the Board, we welcome the community’s feedback, in fact, we are asking for it. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. once said, “The function of education is to teach one to think intensively, and to think critically.  Intelligence plus character – that is the goal of education.” This is the goal of OUHSD. If there are ways you think we could do better, please reach out to any of us.  Making real, systemic change will only come when we rally together for justice in our hearts, in our homes, in our schools, in our communities and in our country.

Black Lives Matter in the Oxnard Union High School District.

Again, we adjourn tonight in honor of George Floyd.  May his memory always be a blessing. 

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