District 97 to Host Community Feedback Sessions on Equity

District 97 families and Oak Park community members are invited to attend two upcoming engagement sessions on the implementation of the district's equity policy.

The special board meetings will be held:

Wednesday, August 14
6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Brooks Middle School (Commons), 325 S. Kenilworth Ave.

Monday, August 19
6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Brooks Middle School (Commons), 325 S. Kenilworth Ave.

During these events, guests will have the opportunity to learn about our initial plans for the implementation of the equity policy and provide feedback that will inform our work moving forward. We will also seek input on the types of engagement opportunities the community would like to see in the future.

Free child care and food will be provided.

Oak Park Township is offering transportation to and from both sessions. If you need a ride, please call Oak Park Township Senior Services Transportation at 708-383-4806 to make a reservation.

Meeting Materials

Feedback Session Agenda: Aug. 19, 2019

Equity Policy     Vision97 4ALL Overview

Vision97: Pillar 1     Vision97: Pillar 2     Vision97: Pillar 3

Flyer: Community Feedback Sessions on Equity

Background

On March 12, 2019, the District 97 Board of Education unanimously approved the district’s equity policy. During the two years prior to that, we worked closely and collaboratively with our students, staff, families and community members to develop this policy, which affirms our steadfast commitment to racial equity, seeks to promote a strong sense of belonging in all of our schools, and is aimed at ensuring that every student we serve has access to an excellent and equitable educational experience.

While the policy went into effect following its approval on March 12, its official implementation will begin at the start of the 2019-20 school year. The district is committed to working with the community on the development of an implementation plan that will include priorities, milestones and opportunities for stakeholder engagement.