Each of us is responsible to ensure that students, families, staff, and community members feel a sense of belonging and dignity in our schools. This involves actively promoting equity and inclusion, and standing up against harmful acts that run counter to these values. If you observe or experience a bias incident, report it right away.
A bias incident is a negative act directed toward an individual or a group based on actual or perceived background or identity, such as:
Use the "Report a Bias Incident" button, or this link, when you observe, experience and/or address a bias incident or discrimination.
When a bias incident is reported, it is reviewed promptly by the Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion leadership. From there, resources are activated for response, in partnership with the school-based team as applicable. These resources and specific steps vary depending on the context and nature of the incident, but the typical process includes: immediate support for the target, culturally-sensitive investigation, family communication and partnership, consequences and documentation, education and reflection, and repair/restorative practices.
Bend-La Pine Schools' Bias Incident Response Team meets regularly to evaluate and collaboratively respond to bias incidents in an effort to create and maintain a more inclusive, welcoming and safe experience for all students, staff and community members who visit district properties and campuses.