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Commitment to Inclusion & Respect

Highland Park Independent School District has given considerable time, thought and effort to improve how students and staff feel welcomed, included and respected at all of our schools. Task forces made up of parents, students and staff were created to study 1) how students and staff learn about understanding and valuing diversity, 2) the district’s current climate and culture and 3) district policies and procedures.

Inclusive Schools Week

Highland Park High School's Student Council hosted more than 300 student leaders from 29 area high schools Feb. 4, 2019, during the fourth annual DFW Student Leadership Forum. The event was a day-long discussion devoted to understanding race and racism. Check out this video about how today's students are building a better tomorrow.

HPISD Celebrated Inclusive Schools Week December 3-7, 2018 

Prior to the 2017-18 school year, all district administrators were updated regarding the work/feedback from each of the task forces.

In addition,

  • Every HPISD staff member was given an opportunity to learn what steps have been taken and was also given an opportunity to provide additional feedback.
  • The HPISD Board of Trustees approved this year’s student code of conduct, which includes strengthened language related to the mistreatment of others.
  • Each campus principal included the district’s statement of nondiscrimination in every student handbook.  The statement is also included in the district handbook that is posted online.
  • An anti-bullying guide has been provided to each campus administrator.
  • All staff members will now be trained once a year on how to recognize and handle bullying behavior.
  • The district is in the process of adding an app (Safe2SpeakUp) and web link for anonymous reporting of bullying and other incidents.

Thoughtful response from our students, staff and community are important in finding ways for every student, every day to feel welcomed, included, and respected in HPISD. The collective wisdom in this community makes us better and stronger as a school district and provides excellent ideas for continuous improvement.

As a school district, we will always remain committed to having a safe environment based upon mutual respect for all students entrusted in our care.
2017 Inclusive Schools Week at HPISD
To continue this effort, Highland Park ISD has created a Sounding Board made up of parents and community members to provide regular feedback to district administrators on issues relating to our climate and culture. The group meets throughout the year to highlight progress and discuss areas of concern. Below is a list of individuals who have volunteered to serve on this committee.
  • Sydney Acers
  • Allie Augustine          
  • Julie Bealke                
  • Leslie Beckler
  • Debra Cahn    
  • Ting Cai                     
  • Jaime Callahan           
  • Andrea Crane 
  • Jon Dahlander
  • Bailey Daniel 
  • Kate Engel     
  • Lindsey Estill 
  • Vicky Glikin  
  • Parul Harsora 
  • Erin Hicks                  
  • Loh-Sze Leung          
  • Lorin Levin    
  • Linh Matthews           
  • Elisabeth McHugh
  • Maria del Pilar Melgarejo
  • Todd Rakestraw         
  • Greg Rico                   
  • Molly Russell 
  • Marla Sewell
  • Heather Smith
  • Mary Turner   
  • Lisa Wilson