The Board of Directors formally adopted the Bellevue School District’s Equity and Accountability Policy at the board’s June 11 meeting.

The adoption of the policy comes after years of input from across our community. Additionally, the District established an Equity Advisory Group (EAG) which was formed this past October to engage a diverse breadth of voices from among our community around issues of equity in our district and to make recommendations to the Board.

The new Equity and Accountability Policy seeks to hold our District accountable to our vision and mission to serve each and every student. Together, our Strategic Plan and our Equity and Accountability Policy ensure that each Bellevue student— no matter their race, ethnicity, culture, disability and learning differences, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, religion, national origin, English proficiency, or income—will receive an exemplary education and achieve success in a way that honors their identity and affirms their individuality.

The new Equity and Accountability Policy focuses on three areas:

  • The commitments of the Board of Directors to provide system-wide direction, support, and oversight to advance equity and address inequities and biases.
  • The commitments of the Bellevue School District to ensure all students have equitable access to learning in an environment that supports and honors students, staff and families of all backgrounds.
  • And, an accountability plan to ensure that goals of the policy are met.

The district encourages members of our learning community to stay engaged with our ongoing equity and accountability work. The next steps include developing related procedures that will inform how the policy is implemented, and setting annual goals that reflect these commitments. Opportunities to engage will be communicated with families.

The Bellevue School District acknowledges that we learn, work, live and gather on the Indigenous Land of the Coast Salish peoples, specifically the Duwamish and Snoqualmie Tribes. We thank these caretakers of this land, who have lived and continue to live here, since time immemorial.