Taking a stand on sexual violence
As a life-long educator and a father of two, I am deeply concerned about our students and school district in light of the recent allegations of sexual assault in our community.
Our thoughts are with our students who are impacted by these events and all students impacted by sexual violence. We are committed to working to assure students and families receive the support they need.
I want to be clear – Boulder Valley School District takes allegations of unwanted sexual conduct extremely seriously.
There is no place for this type of behavior in BVSD. Beyond the criminal process, federal law (Title IX) obligates school districts to address any sexual harassment (including sexual assault) that interferes with students’ ability to access their education.
We encourage students to report sexual harassment or violence to a person they trust – whether that is a school counselor, administrator or school resource officer.
It is essential that students and staff members have the confidence that Boulder Valley School District will do everything in its power to protect victims and to take action against misconduct. Regardless of whether an assault happens on campus or off, I expect our staff to act immediately, reporting it to our partners in law enforcement. Every school district employee is a mandatory reporter and required to complete annual training about reporting child abuse and neglect immediately to authorities.
We are also working to better educate our students about the prevention of and response to sexual harassment, misconduct, and violence. As a first step, we have built a website that provides resources to students and their families. We are also bringing in several partners to help us identify areas we, as a district and our schools, can improve.
As always, I look to our families for their partnership. It takes all of us working together to ensure that our students have the support and guidance needed.