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Laramie County School District taking action to make district more inclusive to all students

Laramie County School District #1 Administration Building (file photo)

CHEYENNE, Wyo. — Superintendent Dr. Margaret Crespo has provided information about how Laramie County School District 1 plans to proceed after several events sparked community-wide attention.

“At Laramie County School District 1, we want all students and staff members to feel a sense of
belonging,” Crespo said in a release from the district. “After a week of navigating the turmoil, we have completed our inquiries and are working through our restorative practice model with the goal of bringing everyone together for a discussion to engage in understanding, recognition, and respect.”

Over the last few years, the district has launched a variety of trainings and conversations regarding issues related to bullying, racism, kindness, and acceptance. Attention was focused on how to maintain educational services for students once the pandemic hit.

Last spring’s timeline provided by LCSD1 is as follows:

  • F.E. Warren condemned the marginalization of military personnel and their families.
  • LCSD1 delivered a call to action addressing behaviors that will not be tolerated within the district.
  • The City of Cheyenne issued an anti-bias ordinance.
  • The LCSD1 Board of Trustees issued a resolution stating the importance of treating all individuals
    with kindness and respect.
  • The district developed an Advocacy Team that provides direct support to students and families
    dealing with harmful events.
  • LCSD1 applied for and received a grant through the health department to implement a program
    called Sources of Strength.

This school year’s timeline:

  • At the beginning of the school year, LCSD1 invited teachers and instructional staff to a
    motivational presentation by education consultant and national public speaker Robert Jackson,
    who spoke about kindness.
  • Through the strength-based Sources of Strength program, the district is in the process of
    training adult advocates and students.
  • The district is encouraging adults to model the behavior expected from students.

Going forward:

  • The district’s November professional development day will be devoted to Sources of Strength
    training in the most impacted buildings.
  • LCSD1 has engaged the leadership in a year-long learning experience focusing on effective
  • District leaders will be provided with extensive communications training.
  • In February 2023, Robert Jackson will be back to provide support and professional development.
  • The district is exploring micro-credentials in diversity and inclusion training and supplemental
    professional development.

Crespo concluded the release by saying, “This ongoing conversation is a core tenant in our strategic plan, Elevate LCSD1. We can do better, and we must!”