To the Editor:
As co-chairs of the MDI Regional School System Anti-Racism Task Force, we would like to update the community on what the task force is working on. The task force was formed as a collective of MDIRSS students, educators and community members to make recommendations for how the school system can address the demands made by MDI High School students last June following the death of George Floyd.
The task force has selected three areas to focus on during the 2020-2021 school year:
- Culture and curriculum
- Systemwide training and resources
- Improved system for handling discipline/racist incidents
The task force has a student co-chair and task force meetings are facilitated by student members on a rotating basis. There are seven high school students and one middle school student currently serving on the task force.
The task force has discussed public comments received through the form on the MDI Regional School System website, conducted a student fishbowl discussion to understand more about the experience of BIPOC students in our schools, and presented an interim update to the AOS Board on Feb. 8. In conjunction with College of the Atlantic and the Bar Harbor YWCA, more than half of the members of the task force have taken the Level 1 training from the Racial Equity Institute and all the task force members are engaged in ongoing learning to inform their recommendations.
The Anti-Racism Task Force will be presenting its Year 1 recommendations in each of these areas to the AOS Board at the June 14 board meeting. For additional information, ongoing updates or to send a question or concern to the task force, please see the MDI Regional School System district webpage: www.mdirss.org.
Thanks to everyone in the MDI region who has been supportive of this work.