Health & Racial Equity Outcome
The Schools & Neighborhoods Action Team or SNAT was formed originally to advocate around the passage of significant policy, on the state’s Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF) which dictated how funds specifically for low-income, English language learner, foster and homeless youth, justice impacted youth, and special education students is spent. In our district, there is a Local Control Accountability Plan (LCAP) which is supposed to define how and why close to education equity gaps for those students and families. The LCAP is just one component of the work in West Contra Costa Unified (WCCUSD) when it comes to creating health equity in schools. In the fall of 2016 SNAT decided on LCAP and Parent and Student Engagement as equity goals.
In the late summer and fall of 2017, WCCUSD also engaged in community discussions with a host of parents, students, teachers, and advocates about Positive School Climate. These discussions, which began initially about willful defiance suspensions, evolved into a larger discussion about student rights, health and restorative justice, and the role of police and other security measures on campus. In the fall, the WCCUSD board passed a sweeping resolution for positive climate policies dealing with a range of issues, with significant advocacy from SNAT and the community at large.
- LCFF / LCAP- High-need students receive targeted student support services so that they become achieving students.
- Positive School Climate – Hold the School District accountable to its own Positive School Climate Policy approved in 2017. This Policy includes full implementation of Restorative Practices (RP) and School-Wide Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (SWPBIS) at all schools, tiers of intervention and alternatives to school suspension, alternatives to suspensions for disruption/willful defiance, etc. Include language about learning.
- Youth & Parent Leadership – Connect & support parents with a larger community of parent and youth leaders to build a continuum of leadership and advocacy, building unity across racial, gender, and economic differences. Youth & parents leaders need their own space!