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To: The Wayland School Committee
From: The Wayland Administrative Council
Re: Adoption of School Committee Anti-Racism Resolution
Date: Unanimously Approved by School Committee, January 27, 2021

Background: Last June, the Massachusetts Association of School Committees (MASC) drafted a
resolution in response to the twin viruses of COVID-19 and racism. MASC recommended that
its 319 school committees adopt their anti-racism resolution. We, the Administrative Council,
request that the Wayland School Committee join other Massachusetts districts in adopting this
resolution. Doing so states our unequivocal commitment to dismantling racist policies and
practices that are deeply embedded in our educational system and disproportionately harm Black
and Brown students.
Adapted from the MASC Resolution, which can be found here.

PROPOSAL FOR
WAYLAND SCHOOL COMMITTEE
ANTI-RACISM RESOLUTION

WHEREAS, as schools have the responsibility to equip students with their civil right of obtaining
a free and appropriate public education, it is the responsibility of each school to ensure we
create a welcoming, safe, and educationally enriching community for ALL students; and

WHEREAS, it is the responsibility that every district provide to all district staff, including School
Committee members, annual professional development on diversity, equity, and inclusion; and
WHEREAS, every district will commit to recruiting and retaining a diverse and culturally
responsive workforce; and
WHEREAS, every district will examine their policies for institutional and systemic racialized
practices and implement change with sustainable policies that are evidence based; and
WHEREAS, every district will incorporate into their curriculum the history of racial oppression
and works by Black authors and works from other diverse perspectives; and
WHEREAS, we as school district leaders have a moral and institutional responsibility to name
and address acts of racism and hate that continue to plague our public and private institutions;
Therefore, be it RESOLVED: that Wayland will hold ourselves and our community accountable
to putting words into action and ensuring that diversity, equity and inclusion are embedded in
our institutions and practiced by and for our students, families and staff.

This resolution affirms the district’s collective responsibility, across all human differences, to
create a school community where the oppressed are heard and treated with the same care and
respect as those who are not oppressed: “All lives will not matter until Black lives matter.”

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Submitted: Mar 28, 2021