The minutes from the last Operations Committee meeting shed some light (if somewhat dimly.)
From the December 17, 2015 minutes:
Resurrecting FACMAC was discussed. Dr. Herndon explained that the FACMAC was a superintendent advisory committee working on the operational side which is different than the BEX Oversight Committee, is a professional advisory board appointed by the Board of Directors. The committee expressed concerns that the former FACMAC had been primarily run by two people and did not represent the school district equally. Dr. Herndon will be discussing the committee with the superintendent in the next few months when current workloads have lessened.1) Which "committee" expressed these concerns - BEX Oversight or FACMAC?
2) Who were the two people? (I have my own thoughts but I don't really know.)
3) Finally, it would be GREAT to see FACMAC back but that "discussing in next few months after workload lessens" doesn't exactly seem to have any urgency given the capacity issues in our district.
I'll say it out loud - I think the number of smart, questioning people on FACMAC scared some staff but boy, they asked some very good questions. Director Harris is a big supporter of this committee so I think she will take some interest in what happens.
More from the Operations Committee meeting Thursday (1/21) from 4:30-6:30 pm.
Wilson-Pacific appears to be getting "retaining walls for elementary school future portables" for about $250K plus "infrastructure for future portables at middle school and elementary school for $225K. Nothing like planning to be over-capacity from the get-go.
Also, on page 62, there's the:
DISTRICT RESPONSE TO PREVENTION OF SEXUAL HARASSMENT AND SEXUAL ASSAULT TASK FORCE’S FINAL RECOMMENDATION REPORT By Kelli Schmidt, Student Civil Rights Officer
Now, to note, the agenda does not say this is what is being presented - it says "Update on Sexual Harassment and Title IX work. Maybe whoever created the agenda didn't know it was a fairly important document but you'd think that it would be important to make that clear to anyone who would be attending the meeting.
These are Ms. Schmidt's recommendations and then the district's response( partial.)
From the report:
- student climate survey for middle and high school that students will be asked about sexual harassment and sexual assault.
District: we don't have the "infrastructure" for this but:
However, the REA Department will explore the possibility of creating a more detailed follow-up Title IX survey that could be given to schools identified as negative outliers based on District’s student climate survey results.I'm sure schools will like being called "negative outliers."
- Create new strategies for administering climate surveys to encourage greater participation, such as online completion, incentives for completion, and time for in-class completion. SHSA suggests contacting student government officers, school leadership teams, etc., from specific schools to ensure the options explored are youth-informed. Set participation goals to improve students’ response.
We will ask school principals via Principal Communicator to develop a plan for student engagement with the School Climate Survey. District will explore options for a survey format and environment that ensures students feel as safe and comfortable as possible when taking a detailed follow-up survey on this topic.
- There was a survey of "health teachers, counselors, principals/vice principals, and appropriate support staff in April 2015. Responses were received from 230 staff members and teachers."
Make the results of these surveys publicly available through the Title IX web page on SPS website in languages other than English. Revise and re-administer the survey to gather follow-up information for at least the next 2-3 years while infrastructure and training are being implemented.
District: Accepted and in progress
- Develop proactive public campaign led by the Superintendent explaining the District’s emphasis on Title IX compliance and highlighting how SPS is building a District-wide climate of prevention of incidents and supportive responses to incidents of sexual harassment and sexual assault.
District: Accepted and in progress
- Distribute age appropriate printed materials to families/caregivers and students. (This rec has multiple suggestions as to how this could be done.)
Materials are in progress and will be printed in January and February 2016. SCRO, Health Education, and Communications will come up with roll-out campaign with School and Family Partnerships (SFP) and Family Engagement Action Teams (FEAT), School and Community Partnership (SCP), and Principals, and is considering parent forums with Seattle General Council PTSA. (This response also has other actions as well including a free webinar on March 23rd.)
- Website information
District: Completed, with link
There are several other recs, most of them the district has accepted and says completed.
Here are a couple of interesting ones not totally embraced by the district:
- Reinstate health classes as a required core semester-long class in middle schools. Early adolescence is the ideal age for students to receive prevention education, particularly with regard to drug and alcohol education, sexual health, and sexual assault prevention.
District: rejected this for cost but will consider it for 2016-2017 budget
- Current SPS health education is unacceptably insufficient. It generally consists of two weeks in 5th grade, some lessons in middle school, and the option of one semester in 9th grade, but is inconsistently administered. The District and School Board should expand health education, social and emotional skill-building, and violence prevention equitably into all grades.
District: requires Board Approval as this is curriculum.
Page 81 has the Interim Report (which I don't believe I saw when it came out in May of 2015.) It covers Dec. 1, 2014 to May 31, 2015. Interestingly, more elementary students report being sexually harassed/assaulted than high school students.
73% of alleged victims were female, 55% were Sped students, 64% were children of color, 9% had a disability.
Aggressors: 90% of the alleged aggressors were male, 27% were Sped students, 72% were students of color; the majority of the cases were peers.