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LCPS Statement Regarding Virginia Attorney General’s Nov. 18 Determination

 

LCPS Statement Regarding the Determination of the Office of Attorney General Division of Human Rights in DHR Case No.: 19-2652, NAACP Loudoun Branch v. Loudoun County Public Schools.

 

On November 18 the Division of Human Rights (DHR) of the Office of the Attorney General of Virginia provided Loudoun County Public Schools (LCPS) with a written determination in an investigation into allegations that certain LCPS policies had disparate impact on Black/African-American and Latinx/Hispanic students.

 

LCPS is reviewing the 61-page document to fully understand the asserted reasoning, conclusions and recommendations it contains.

 

Every individual is valued in Loudoun County Public Schools, and LCPS remains committed to creating a safe, empathetic, respectful and supportive learning environment in order to empower every student to make meaningful contributions to the world. 

 

While further evaluation of the DHR report is required, LCPS will continue its ongoing engagement with stakeholders, including the NAACP Loudoun Branch, in an effort to address concerns and resolve differences. 

 

LCPS also will continue to implement its Action Plan to Combat Racism and other affirmative initiatives already underway across the division. These efforts include:

  • Implementing the revised admissions process for the Academies of Loudoun that was developed by staff and approved by the Loudoun County School Board in August 2020. 
  • Developing intervention and prevention strategies to address discipline policies and practices that may negatively impact students of color, particularly Black/African-American students, including workshops, meetings, and follow-up sessions with school-based administrators. 
  • Continuing to take affirmative steps to address a voluntary, division-sponsored equity assessment’s findings relating to students' experiences regarding being targets of racist comments and acts of violence; improving the level of racial consciousness and literacy among LCPS employees; and improving the division’s efforts to attract and retain teachers of color through enhanced marketing, recruitment, mentoring and support.

 

LCPS will continue to provide information about its progress on these issues to the public.  More information about LCPS’ efforts is available on the LCPS Equity Overview webpage. The full report is available on the Virginia Attorney General’s Inquiry webpage.

 

 

 

 

Published November 20, 2020