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  • A message from the Riverdale School Board and Administration

    Posted by Riverdale School Board on 11/17/2020

    A message from the Riverdale School Board and Administration 

     

    Dear Riverdale Community, 

    Last night, Board Director Carrie Banks shared the following message at the Nov. 16 Riverdale School Board Meeting: 

    Formal complaints were brought forward over the summer highlighting concerns related to our high school. These complaints were specific to our high school administrative response to incidents of racism, bullying and harassment, and culture at the school. Over the summer, our former superintendent reviewed the complaints, informed our former high school principal that they had been filed and moved forward in response through a private review and report. 

    The Hungerford Law Firm hired Dawn Strong to conduct an independent review of the complaints on behalf of Riverdale School District. This process was completed on Nov. 2, 2020. The resulting report shares information showing an urgent need for our district to expect and require future response to incidents be handled thoroughly and in compliance with the new All Students Belong guidance from the Oregon Department of Education. To protect the identity of the minors involved, a thorough condensation of the report will be available for public review.

    We are committed to this work. Moving forward, we are committed to proactive anti-racist, anti-bullying teaching and learning and to ensuring a safe environment for our students to report incidents of harm and see necessary action taken. We are committed to learning from the information brought forward, to healing, and to moving forward in a productive, thorough manner with student confidentiality, rights and voices central to action taken. Our interim superintendent and new high school principal have also spent hours listening to the Bride family and their hurt and loss of their son Carson. We continue to actively and urgently address the school culture through multiple avenues. Thank you for bringing your concerns forward. We are committed to conversation, growth and improvement for the benefit of Riverdale students, staff and community. 

    Below is a list of actions taken, though not exhaustive, in response to these serious concerns and in commitment to growth and improvement:

    We are steadfast in our commitment and invite your partnership and teamwork as a community as we learn and grow together. 

    Sincerely, 

    Riverdale School Board and Administration

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