Opportunity, Access & Equity
Beverly Public Schools is committed to promoting, cultivating and preserving a culture of diversity, equity and inclusion in our community. We define these ideals in the following ways:
- Opportunity - The methods by which we create opportunities, to address socio-economic status, English proficiency, familial situations, and other factors that contribute to, or perpetuate low academic achievement.
- Access - The pathway/s by which we help each student gain exposure to opportunities for success.
- Equity - Giving every student what they need to be successful.
Diversity as a Value
We embrace and encourage the differences of our staff, students and families, included, but not limited to: age, disability, ethnicity, family or marital status, gender identity or expression, language, national origin, physical and/or mental ability, political affiliation, race, religion, sexual orientation, socio-economic status, veteran status, and other characteristics that make our community unique.
Function of the Office of Opportunity, Access and Equity
- Lead Prek-12 opportunity and inclusion efforts, to ensure all students are provided equitable access to school offerings.
- Assure under-engaged students and high needs student subgroups have their learning gaps addressed and are prepared and able to access higher-level course work and the expectations of the next grade level.
- Communicate, collaborate and problem-solve with a wide variety of constituents, including students, families, administrators, school committee members and community partners.
- Ensure equitable access and inclusion for all students and families, and actively work to make certain student populations are reflected in a wide-variety of educational settings, and in a wide array of extra- and co-curricular programs.
- Act as a liaison to community groups and engage in advocating, promoting and securing the civil rights of all persons, with an emphasis on students and families in the school system.
- Advise on student services, including anti-bullying, suicide prevention, truancy prevention and attendance and mental health.
- Engage all stakeholders in development regarding cultural competency, diversity, equity, inclusion, anti-racism, and related issues; this includes trainings and community conversations, structures that aid stakeholders to establish a common language on how the intersectionality of race, class, gender, sexual orientation, and other socially constructed identifications, operate and intersect, to shape individual and group dynamics within school environments.