Reporting a Bias Incident
Every Student Belongs is an Oregon state rule meant to ensure that all students, employees and visitors in public schools can learn, work and participate in an environment that is safe and free from discrimination, harassment and intimidation. The rule prohibits hate symbols, specifically three of the most recognizable symbols of hate in the U.S. — the swastika (outside of a religious context), the Confederate flag and the noose. The rule also requires school districts to have a mechanism for anyone to report bias incidents and a framework for school districts to respond.
In response to this rule, the BSD School Board adopted Policy ACB: Every Student Belongs in 2021. Policy ACB states that "All students are entitled to a high-quality and safe educational experience, that is free from discrimination or harassment based on an individual’s actual or perceived race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, national or ethnic origin, age, mental or physical disability, pregnancy, familial status, economic status or because of a perceived or actual association with any other persons within these protected classes."
If you have experienced or witnessed a bias incident or symbol of hate, we are here to support you. We encourage you to report the incident. You have two options:
- Contact a trusted adult — like a teacher, counselor or principal.
- Discuss the incident with them.
- The trusted adult can help you fill out the form below, or you can fill out the report yourself.
- You can choose to file a report anonymously using the form below or you can choose to file a report using the form below with your name.
- If you file the report yourself and don't include your name and/or contact information, please know that the incident will be investigated, but the District will have no way to report its findings to you.
What happens next?
- Once the report is received, it's routed to the administrators in our Office of Equity and Inclusion. They review the report.
- Within one business day, the report is then forwarded to the person who's in the best position to investigate further, typically a school principal.
- Depending on the findings of the investigation, there could be restorative and/or disciplinary action.
While this portal is checked daily, it's NOT designed for emergency response notification. If this is an emergency that requires attention in less than one business day, please contact your school principal, direct supervisor, BSD Public Safety or 911.
- Beyond the Golden Rule: A Parent's Guide to Preventing and Responding to Prejudice by Learning for Justice
- Choosing and Using Books to Discuss Race and Ethnicity by American Psychological Association
- Talking Race With Young Children: NPR podcast as part of the Parenting: Difficult Conversations series
- Is My Skin Brown Because I Drank Chocolate Milk? by Beverly Daniel Tatum in TEDxStanford
Information for Parents from StopBullying.gov
LGBTQ+ Resources from U.S. Department of Health & Human Services
Anti-Bias Resources for Families from the Parent Infant Center