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Equity Statement
06/12/2020
Dear Eureka City Schools Students, Families, Staff and Community,

As the President of the largest, most ethnically diverse school District in Humboldt County, I feel compelled to speak on behalf of the Eureka City Schools Board of Education and the District.

We will not tolerate racism or any other form of prejudices in our schools, including white supremacy or anti-Blackness. As an educational community, we need to listen for it, stop it, and educate our next generation as to why it is not acceptable. As we all witnessed yet another injustice perpetrated against a Black citizen, we cannot help but be moved to tears. The protests against the killing of George Floyd and police killing of many other unarmed BIPOC people over time that have taken place across the nation will move us to change. The number of young people directly involved in this movement is a shining light in this darkness. Witnessing youth speaking passionately against injustice gives us hope true change will finally come.

As a District, our priority is, and will always be, the students whom we are entrusted to serve and educate. We support our students and students across the nation in this fight against injustice and the fight for true equity. We support our students who are expressing themselves to make our community and county a better place. We will continue to support this movement by listening and enacting better District policies and programs to meet the needs of all students.

We are eager to welcome a new Student Board Member to the Eureka City Schools Board, who was appointed in May, to represent the students of the District. She is also the President of the Black Student Union at Eureka High School. As a Board and District, our job is to listen to, and support our students. We look forward to having a student sitting on our Board who will provide a direct voice to the leadership of our District for our BIPOC student community. We want our students to feel safe to speak up, advocate, and make voices for change heard.

We encourage our community members and students to ask BIPOC students, teachers and community members how they are affected by racism in our schools and community. If you see racism, be proactive by stepping in and stopping it.

Moving forward we will identify our implicit biases and put into action increased professional development for our staff to better serve our students and adopt curriculum, which is culturally sensitive for BIPOC community. We will focus on bolstering our Restorative Practices and being proactive through practices and policy to make sure our disciplinary procedures are equitable and fair. Our pledge as a Board and District is to do everything we can to stop the social injustice happening in our community and schools. We foster social justice to promote equity and provide a quality education in our schools where all students feel welcome and safe.

We encourage our community members and students to dialogue and empathize as they listen and learn from the experiences of BIPOC communities-ask how students, teachers, and community members are affected by racism at large. Remind one another that racism is intolerable and if you see racism, be proactive by stepping in and stopping it.
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No toleraremos el racismo
06/12/2020
Estimados estudiantes, familias, personal y comunidad de las escuelas de la ciudad de Eureka,
Como presidente del distrito escolar más grande y con mayor diversidad étnica en el condado de Humboldt, me siento obligado a hablar en nombre de la junta de educación de las escuelas de la ciudad de Eureka y el distrito.
No toleraremos el racismo ni ningún otro prejuicio en nuestras escuelas, incluida la supremacía blanca o la lucha contra la negrura. Como comunidad educativa, debemos escucharlo, detenerlo y educar a nuestra próxima generación sobre por qué no es aceptable. Además, todos presenciamos otra injusticia perpetrada contra un ciudadano negro, no podemos evitar sentirnos conmovidos. Las protestas contra el asesinato de George Floyd y el asesinato policial de muchas otras personas desarmadas de BIPOC a lo largo del tiempo que han tenido lugar en todo el país nos moverán a cambiar. El número de jóvenes directamente involucrados en este movimiento es una luz brillante en esta oscuridad. Ser testigo de la juventud que habla apasionadamente contra la injusticia nos da la esperanza de que el verdadero cambio finalmente llegará.
Como distrito, nuestra prioridad es, y siempre será, los estudiantes a quienes se nos ha encomendado servir y educar. Apoyamos a nuestros estudiantes y estudiantes de todo el país en esta lucha contra la injusticia y la lucha por la verdadera equidad. Apoyamos a nuestros estudiantes que se expresan para hacer de nuestra comunidad y país un lugar mejor, Continuaremos apoyando este movimiento escuchando y promulgando mejores políticas y programas del Distrito para satisfacer las necesidades de todos los estudiantes.
Estamos ansiosos por dar la bienvenida a un nuevo miembro de la Junta de Estudiantes a la Junta de Escuelas de la Ciudad de Eureka, que fue nombrado en mayo para representar al estudiante del Distrito. También es la presidenta de la Unión de Estudiantes Negros de la Escuela Secundaria Eureka. Como Junta y Distrito, nuestro trabajo es escuchar y apoyar a nuestros estudiantes. Esperamos tener un estudiante en nuestra Junta que proporcione una voz directa a los estudiantes de nuestro distrito para nuestra comunidad de estudiantes BIPOC. Queremos que nuestros estudiantes se sientan seguros para hablar, abogar y hacer que se escuchen las voces para el cambio.
Alentamos a los miembros y estudiantes de nuestra comunidad a preguntar a los estudiantes, maestros y miembros de la comunidad de BIPOC cómo se ven afectados por el racismo en nuestras escuelas y comunidad. Sea proactivo interviniendo y deteniéndose.
En el futuro identificamos nuestros prejuicios y pondremos en práctica un mayor desarrollo profesional para nuestro personal para servir mejor a nuestros estudiantes y adoptar un plan de estudios, que es culturalmente sensible para la comunidad BIPOC. Nos ecaremos en reforzar nuestras prácticas de restauración y ser proactivos a través de prácticas y políticas para asegurarnos de que nuestros procedimientos disciplinarios sean equitativos y justonfos.
Nuestro compromiso como Junta y Distrito es hacer todo lo posible para detener la injusticia social que ocurre en nuestra comunidad y escuelas. Fomentamos la justicia social para promover la equidad y proporcionar una educación de calidad en nuestras escuelas donde todos los estudiantes se sientan bienvenidos y seguros.
Alentamos a los miembros de nuestra comunidad y a los estudiantes a dialogar y empatizar mientras escuchan y aprenden de las experiencias de las comunidades de BIPOC: pregunte cómo los estudiantes, los maestros y los miembros de la comunidad se ven afectados por el racismo en general. Recuérdese mutuamente que el racismo es intolerable y si ven racismo, sean proactivos interviniendo y deteniéndose.
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Free Summer Meal Program - For Immediate Release
06/11/2020
EUREKA, CA - June 10, 2020 - Eureka City Schools will continue to offer breakfast and lunch meals this summer through August 14, 2020. In an effort to continue to fight food insecurity during this global crisis, we will continue our curbside pickup locations in the same way we have since schools closed on March 17, 2020. Meals can be picked up at Alice Birney Elementary, Grant Elementary, Lafayette Elementary, Washington Elementary, and Eureka High School, for all children 18 and younger. This summer only, children no longer need to be present to pickup a meal. A parent or guardian may pick up free meals for their children. Meals will be provided from 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. Two days’ worth of meals will be given out on Monday and Wednesday and a single day on Friday. Food Services will also continue to provide meals at all bus stop locations Monday through Friday. Bus stop times may differ from the schedule they have been running in the past so please check https://www.eurekacityschools.org for bus stop locations and times.
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