As many in our community know, we have had a series of student-led protests over the past week at some of our high schools. Thank you to the student leaders and participants who helped ensure that the demonstrations were safe and that they allowed students to express their collective voices and share concerns in a responsible manner.  

Students and parents have expressed: concerns over not feeling safe at school, a desire to feel heard, questions and concerns about mandatory reporting, and a need to understand how procedures are followed when students report sexual assault or harassment/bullying. Students have also shared that they want to have continued conversations with administrators and staff about how to heal and move forward.   

We acknowledge that some members of our community experienced harm. Our intention is to improve our processes with students, staff and district leadership by trying new ways of learning from each other. Through these protests and subsequent feedback, our students are teaching us how to listen to their voices, hear from their peaceful protests, and work with them to address their concerns. 

As more plans are made and shared with you as a result of this work, we encourage everyone to consider their personal role in the process of healing as a community. The resources shared below are ways in which we can all be a part of this process. 


What Administrators are Doing 

Response to Student Concerns 

In light of the recent protests and concerns expressed by students, administrators were at schools providing extra support for students. Some ways we supported students this week and can continue to support are through: 

  • Safe spaces created for students and staff where they can process feelings and discuss what is needed to heal and move forward. 
  • Extra district staff present at schools for help as needed. 
  • Additional counselor support at schools as needed. 
  • Reading and responding to letters written during peaceful protests. The information shared will be used to inform next steps. 
  • Discussions with students on Harassment, Intimidation and Bullying (HIB) reporting and the investigation process. 
  • Coordination with PTSA for follow-up, planning and next steps, with more details communicated when available. 

Reports and Allegations 

We take all allegations and reports regarding safety very seriously and have policies and procedures that guide how we respond, to ensure that students feel safe in our schools. Those policies are listed in the student handbook, which families and students are asked to review each year.  

Each policy provides compliance coordinators and other district staff with a framework necessary to ensure a complete response to each report of misconduct. The detail in each procedure is intended to provide clarity about the grievance or complaint process in each procedure so there is no confusion about how the district can work toward providing a resolution to each complaint.     

Anyone may initiate a complaint under these policies and procedures. Reports may be filed in several ways: 

  • The district’s online reporting system, which may be accessed at: https://bsd405.org/help/report/  
  • Contacting the district coordinator through email, phone, or US Mail 
  • Title IX Coordinator: Jeff Lowell, (425) 456-4010 or lowellj@bsd405.org 
  • Section 504/ADA Coordinator: Heather Edlund, (425) 456-4156 or edlundh@bsd405.org 
  • Civil Rights/Nondiscrimination Compliance Coordinator Nancy Pham, (425) 456-4040 or phamn@bsd405.org 
  • Harassment, Intimidation and Bullying Compliance Officer is Nancy Pham, (425) 456-4040 or phamn@bsd405.org. 
  • Providing a report via US Mail to the following address: P.O. Box 90010, Bellevue, WA 98009 
  • Providing a report in-person at the district’s Educational Service Center (12111 NE 1st St Bellevue, 98005). 
  • Filing a report with a trusted adult at a district school either verbally or in writing 

Supports Moving Forward 

Administrative staff are working with student leadership to continue to listen to their concerns and find ways to address the issues brought forth. Any and all concerns will be taken into account, and subsequent reporting will be guided by our board policies and administrative procedures, each of which are in compliance with federal and state statutes. We are committed to further centering the voices of students and ensuring that our learning environment supports their needs.


What Parents Can Do 

Families may feel concern over current issues as they relate to their students. We encourage you to keep the lines of communication open with your student(s) and ensure that they can express their thoughts and feelings with you. Additionally, you may wish to learn more and talk with your student about our policies and procedures around school safety. They are listed in the student handbook and include but are not limited to: 

Misconduct 

3205  Prohibition of Sexual Harassment – Students 
3205P  Prohibition of Sexual Harassment – Students 
3207  Prohibition of Harassment, Intimidation and Bullying
English (PDF) / Korean (PDF) / Spanish (PDF) / Simplified Chinese (PDF) 
3207P  Prohibition of Harassment, Intimidation and Bullying
English (PDF) / Korean (PDF) / Spanish (PDF) / Simplified Chinese (PDF) 
3207P Exh. A  Elementary Level Harassment, Intimidation and Bullying Incident Reporting Form
English (PDF) / Korean (PDF) / Spanish (PDF) / Simplified Chinese (PDF) 
3207P Exh. B  Secondary Level Harassment, Intimidation and Bullying Incident Reporting Form
English (PDF) / Korean (PDF) / Spanish (PDF) / Simplified Chinese (PDF) 
3210  Nondiscrimination 
3210P  Nondiscrimination 

School Safety 

2145P Exhibit C  Safety Plans 
3225  School-Based Threat Assessment 
3225P  School-Based Threat Assessment 
3241  Student Behavior, Corrective Actions and/or Interventions 
3241P  Student Behavior, Corrective Actions and/or Interventions 
3432  Emergencies and Emergency Drills 
3432P  Emergencies and Emergency Drills 
4314  Notification of Threats of Violence or Harm 
4314P  Notification of Threats of Violence or Harm 

If you have further questions or concerns, please contact your school leadership, district leadership, and/or your local PTSA. We are all working together to meet student needs. 


 What Students Can Do 

The district acknowledges that students have been impacted by current events and wish to seek positive change. We are interested in hearing from you and partnering to address concerns and make appropriate changes.

Some ways to get involved are to:  

  • Report any misconduct through the channels listed above or through your school leadership and/or counselor. 
  • Continue working with school leadership, student leadership (Associated Student Body, student affinity groups, etc.) and the district to share your needs. 
  • Familiarize yourselves with the policies and procedures listed in the student handbook and above, to help gain understanding of how we currently address school safety issues. School staff are also available to help support this. 
  • Consider your digital footprint. Although social media may be a good outlet for expressing yourself, sharing certain information can harm confidentiality and the integrity of investigations that require it. Learn more about digital citizenship below. 

Other Resources 

Sexual Assault Education, Prevention and Treatment 

Student Wellness and Well-Being 

Digital Citizenship 

BSD offers the Common Sense Media curriculum to help parents and students understand their roles in digital media and how to navigate common challenges.  


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.