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    District Participating in Black Lives Matter at School Week February 3-7
    Posted on 01/24/2020
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    Seattle Public Schools Participating in Black Lives Matter at School Week February 3-7, 2020

    On Monday, February 3, Seattle Public Schools raised the Pan-African flag at John Stanford Center to kick-off Black History Month. 

    Seattle School Board Adopts the Annual Black Lives Matter at School Week Resolution

    At the regular board meeting on Wednesday, January 22, 2020, the Seattle School Board unanimously adopted Resolution No. 2019/20-23 to declare that the lives of Black students matter and to encourage districtwide participation in the national Black Lives Matter at School Week movement from February 3 - 7, 2020. This annual resolution affirms the Seattle School Board’s commitment to racial justice and recognition that the lives and lived experiences of our Black youth matter, not just during Black History Month, but every single day.

    Throughout our nation’s history, systems of oppression and injustice have led to deepening racial disparities and racism across all sectors of society and have lasting negative consequences for our communities, cities, and nation. The Board also recognizes that the killing of unarmed Black men and women, including queer and transgender persons of color, has left young people and our communities searching for answers to incredibly complicated issues of race, justice, and fairness.

    Public education systems and educators have an important role to play in disrupting legacies of racism. Declaring “Black Lives Matter at School” affirms our commitment to all of our students and elevates Black students’ stories, strengths, and struggles - publicly demonstrating our intentional work to create a more just and loving society.

    This is the third consecutive year that the Seattle School Board has declared that the lives of Black students matter and encouraged districtwide participation in the national Black Lives Matter at School Week movement. This week is recognized nationwide as an opportunity to promote racial justice and identity safety in classrooms, and Seattle Public Schools is proud to be a part of this important work made possible by our educators and the Seattle Education Association. The SPS Ethnic Studies Advisory Group, with support from SEA’s Center for Racial Equity, has been working tirelessly to prepare resources, lessons, and supports to celebrate and affirm the lives of our students.

    Read more about SEA's Center for Racial Equity.

    Read more about Black Lives Matter at School.

    Read agenda and related documents from the January 22, 2020 Regular Board Meeting.

    Read about our commitment to unapologetically serve students furthest from educational justice, Seattle Excellence.