Equity at EVA
The Evergreen Virtual Academy is committed to ensuring all students have every opportunity to reach their full potential through equitable practices. Equity at EVA means creating a culture where all students are successful, so that students can achieve post K-12 success regardless of their background.
A Community of Inclusion
All students are entitled to a high quality educational experience, free from discrimination or harassment based on perceived race, color, religion, gender identity, sexual orientation, disability or national origin.
All employees are entitled to work in an environment that is free from discrimination or harassment based on perceived race, color, religion, gender identity, sexual orientation, disability or national origin.
All visitors are entitled to participate in an environment that is free from discrimination or harassment based on perceived race, color, religion, gender identity, sexual orientation, disability or national origin.
Racial Equity at EVA
Holding racial equity with special consideration is crucial in our school. To understand fully what racial equity means for our school, here’s how we’re ensuring that each and every student can reach their full potential. We are committed to:
- Implementing programs to enroll all students and regularly engage families, especially those who have not had access or have not been attending;
- Strengthening high-quality, culturally-sustaining and revitalizing instruction, leadership, and pathways to graduation and post-secondary transitions;
- Creating access to well-rounded education by centering student learning that builds on strengths, addresses needs, provides active engagement, and is culturally responsive and developmentally appropriate;
- Providing mental, social, & emotional health supports for students and staff with culturally responsive trauma-informed care, social emotional learning (SEL), racial equity and anti-racist approaches, and a strengths-focused multi-tiered system of support;
- Safeguarding student opportunity in recognition of the disproportionate and severe impact of the pandemic and our response on students and families; and
- Serving students in transition from one program to another (kindergarten, 6th, & 9th grades) so they feel a sense of support and belonging in order to overcome any fear and isolation.
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Frequently Asked Questions
The school uses the practices found in Culturally Responsive Teaching, not to be confused with Critical Race Theory. Culturally Responsive Teaching is an approach that makes sure educators affirm students’ cultural, linguistic, and racial backgrounds in order to ensure access to high levels of intellectual and social-emotional learning.
For more information, read our statement on CTR »
We have received questions from the community about our school’s anti-racism curriculum and whether Critical Race Theory is part of our curriculum. Critical Race Theory is the idea that racism isn’t only the product of an individual’s bias or prejudice but is actually embedded in systems, policies, and institutions, whether that be business, politics, healthcare, housing, or even schools. Critical Race Theory is not a curriculum at the Evergreen Virtual Academy. However, it can be a lens that our School Board, staff, or students may apply when discussing issues around race and racism.
EVA prohibits the use or display of any symbols of hate on school grounds or in any school-sponsored program, service, school or activity that is funded in whole or in part by monies appropriated by the Oregon Legislative Assembly, except where used in teaching curriculum that is aligned to the Oregon State Standards.
We define “symbol of hate” as a symbol, image, or object that expresses animus on the basis of race, color, religion, gender identity, sexual orientation, disability or national origin including, the noose, swastika, or confederate flag and whose display:
- Is reasonably likely to cause a substantial disruption of or material interference with school activities; or
- Is reasonably likely to interfere with the rights of students by denying them full access to the services, activities, and opportunities offered by a school.
For more information, read our full policy »
EVA uses administrative regulation ACB-AR – Bias Incident Complaint Procedure to process reports or complaints of bias incidents.
A “bias incident” means a person’s hostile expression of animus toward another person, relating to the other person’s perceived race, color, religion, gender identity, sexual orientation, disability or national origin, of which criminal investigation or prosecution is impossible or inappropriate. Bias incidents may include derogatory language or behavior directed at or about any of the preceding demographic groups.
For more information, read our full policy »