January 18, 2021

Equity and Inclusion

The Hartford School District is committed to providing a high quality appropriate education to every learner in our community.

Anti-Racism Statement

“The School District of the Town of Hartford rejects all forms of racism. Racism in any form will not be tolerated in this school. Hartford Schools are committed to the mission of increasing cultural respect by cultivating greater understanding of concepts of diversity, inclusion, equity, implicit bias, white privilege, white supremacy, and systemic racism.” 
Key Definitions:

Anti-racism: the practice of identifying, challenging, and changing the values, structures and behaviors that perpetuate systemic racism. 

Ethnicity: the social characteristics that people may have in common, such as language, religion, regional background, culture, foods, etc. Ethnicity is revealed by the traditions one follows, a person's native language, and so on. Individual Racism: pre-judgment, bias, or discrimination by an individual based on race. Individual racism includes both privately held beliefs, conscious and unconscious, and external behaviors and actions towards others.

Institutional Racism: occurs within institutions and organizations, such as schools, that adopt and maintain policies, practices, and procedures that often unintentionally produce inequitable outcomes for people of color and advantages for white people. White Privilege: a web of institutional and cultural treatment and exemption from racial and national oppression.}

White Supremacy: the political, economic, and cultural systems in which white individuals overwhelmingly control power over material resources—a form of dominance and control, and not just the overt hate of one group towards another. 

Systemic or Structural Racism: The way in which public policies, institutional practices, cultural representations, and other norms work in various ways to reinforce and perpetuate racial group inequity. It is not something we as individual members of society actively choose to practice, instead it is a feature of the social, economic, and political systems in which we all exist. It refers to the history, culture, ideology, and interactions of institutions and policies that perpetuate a system of inequity that is detrimental to communities of color 


District Updates

First meeting for the Hartford School District Anti-Racism Inquiry Group

The Anti-Racism policy and procedure have been shared with all staff in a faculty meeting.

Anti-Racism statement is in all student handbooks, on the district website and on posters in all school buildings.

Adult and student equity committees have been formed.

Anti-Racism Inquiry Group