October 15 Board Meeting
We hope many of you can comment live or via email at the next SJUSD school board meeting this Thursday, October 15th at 6 pm. Here is the Webex link:
Our most pressing issue is that although the board has indicated that they plan to vote on the SRO contract before in-person classes resume, they have not showed a serious commitment to studying and voting on the Derrick Sanderlin Resolution. They seem to think dealing with the contract alone is enough, but it's not and we need to deliver that message. All comments should be one minute long and following is a sample script. If you are able to modify it and personalize it, that would be more powerful:
"My name is ________ and I am (role in the community/member of _______). I appreciate that the board has committed to making a decision on the SRO contract before school opens for in-person instruction. However, I am concerned that the board has not yet made a similar commitment to voting on the Derrick Sanderlin Resolution. This is an all-encompassing and multifaceted resolution that addresses the racist history of school policing. The resolution also calls for replacing punitive discipline with restorative justice practices, implementing an ethnic studies curriculum, providing holistic student health services, and investing in a community-created district safety plan. These important changes will take time and thoughtful collaboration, which is why the discussion and planning needs to begin now. The Derrick Sanderlin Resolution is so much more than eliminating the contract with SROs, and we hope you will agendize it as soon as possible. Thank you."
If you are emailing your comment to be read aloud, send it by noon on Thursday October 15th to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line "Public Comment for October 15 Governing Board Meeting". Please also cc all board members, so that they also get the comment in their inbox. The board member emails are:
If you are calling in to give your comment live, do so during the public comments period right after 6:00 pm. Join the meeting at the link above with your email and your name/alias, and then click on the Q&A box and type “public comment + your name/alias”. Unfortunately using the raised hand feature does not work for public comment, so be sure to use Q&A.
Please share the call to comment on social media and with your networks - we don't have graphics this time but feel free to write your own request, and to copy and paste links/text from here as needed.
Here is the link to the Derrick Sanderlin Resolution:
Here are our notes from the 10/12/20 SJUEC meeting: