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Beth Polito

Dr. Beth Polito

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Community Update

11/10/2020 Parent & Staff Message from Dr. Beth Polito

 Dear LLESD Staff and Families,

I am reaching you today to thank our teachers, staff, parent leaders and community for your strength and resolve in denouncing hate in our community. As our school board members communicated yesterday, the racial and gender-based hatred contained in Sunday’s social media posts do not reflect the values of our school district and our community. Diversity makes all of us stronger, and our entire Las Lomitas Elementary School District team is committed to creating a welcoming and inclusive learning environment for all students.

The last few days have been painful for our community, but through this I have been inspired by the commitment of our teachers, parent leaders and families to redouble our efforts to confront and address racism and equity in everything we do. It is my hope that together we can foster a diverse and inclusive community with schools that educate our students to lead with empathy, kindness and respect for all; and I invite your ideas and partnership.

As you know, our district has been engaged in equity and racial justice work for a number of years. On March 8, 2017 the district approved a robust Diversity and Inclusion statement. We have also provided training from the Museum of Tolerance, a unique experiential training that provides an environment to safely examine biases and promote an educational environment that is inclusive and equitable for all children, to nearly 200 members of our staff, board and community members. We also recently hosted a staff study group focused on race and equity with the Stanford Graduate School of Education and the Stanford Center for Opportunity Policy in Education (SCOPE).

Clearly, we must commit ourselves to doing more. This work is long term, and the district is committed to redoubling our efforts in multiple ways including:

  • Continuing our focus on equity in staff and community learning
  • Revisiting our policies and protocols to ensure we are doing everything in our power as a public institution to root out systemic racism in every aspect of our work
  • Engaging our community in honest and transparent conversation about how we treat each other

We are also in the beginning steps of a strategic planning process in which the Board, staff and community have identified equity as a top focus for future work. I look forward to exploring how we can use this structure and process to delve deeply into the topic and outline next steps for our district and community.

I would like to underscore my thanks to our teachers and staff for their continued dedication to equity and justice and all they do each day to educate our students. I also appreciate the commitment of our parent volunteers and entire community to come together as we work to create the best and most inclusive school environment for our students and staff. I look forward to continuing to build upon our plans in the weeks and months and welcome your ideas and partnership.

My very best,