Equity Policy Development

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Equity Policy Development


The Olympia School District is committed to creating an equitable school district that serves ALL students well. As part of that commitment, the district is developing and implementing an Equity Policy that will include procedures and accountability measures. The policy will be collaboratively designed with the community to ensure a more inclusive school and work culture that promotes equity and addresses systemic and institutional barriers that have historically marginalized students, staff and families. 



The Olympia School Board held two work sessions – one on December 16, 2021 and another on March 3, 2022 – to discuss the development of an OSD Equity Policy.



Equity Policy Steering Committee

An Equity Policy Steering Committee, including representation from students, staff, families and community members, scheduled its first meeting on March 17, 2022. The committee’s goal is to determine the best ways to authentically engage with the community and gather feedback that will inform the development of an Equity Policy.

OSD Equity Policy Steering Committee Membership

(current as of April 11, 2022)


Adia Waters, Student

Autumn Lara, OSD Staff

Bill S. Kallappa II, Community Member

Claire Beagle, Parent

Jason Lee, Community Member

Jay Banks, Community Member

Katie Savinski, OSD Staff

Katy Johansson, Olympia Education Foundation and Parent

Kindra Galan, CIELO

Kris Peters, Local Tribal Leader, Parent and Community Member

Maria Flores, Olympia School Board President

Michelle Pineda, Student

Parfait Bassale, Community Member

Patrick Murphy, Superintendent

Rebekah Gabrielle Ponte, Student

Sandra Gordon, OSD staff

Scott Clifthorne, Olympia School Board Director

Tiera Garrety, Student

Tyron Nixon, Parent


Equity Policy Community Zoom Webinar Held April 13, 2022



Tentative Timeline


  • December 2021-March 2022: Olympia School Board discusses Equity Policy development during two board work sessions.
  • March 2022: Equity Policy Steering Committee convenes.
  • April-June 2022: Students, staff, families and community members invited to engage in Equity Policy development through in-person and/or online focus groups, and other forms of engagement/communication.
  • Summer 2022: School Board develops draft Equity Policy based on community engagement.
  • September 2022: Students, staff, families and community members invited to provide feedback on draft Equity Policy.
  • October 2022: Olympia School Board votes on Equity Policy and accompanying procedure.