School board Feb. 14 set to approve affirmative action plan, update district policies

The Edmonds School District Board of Directors is set to discuss and approve the Edmonds School District Affirmative Action Plan for 2021-2026 at its Tuesday, Feb. 14, meeting.

Affirmative action plans outline the programs, policies and procedures for proactively recruiting, hiring, training and promoting women, minorities, people with disabilities and veterans to ensure that all individuals have equal opportunities in employment.

While the plan is now two years old, it is the responsibility of each superintendent – or designee in the absence of a superintendent – to approve the plan under their leadership.

In addition, the board is scheduled to adopt revised board policies 2418, 4200, 4210 and 6700, which include topics such as a waiver for high school graduation credits, parent and family engagement, the regulation of dangerous weapons on school property and physical education, respectively.

The school board meeting will begin at 6:30 p.m. and it can also be viewed via livestream. There is an opportunity for public comment and the complete agenda can be viewed here.

  1. Waivers for credits to graduate? What kind of nonsense is this? I had to take summer school to get my diploma ruined the rest of my life NOT. Gosh a society that expects less from their people is not long to thrive. My 2 cents, if only I paid taxes on how much my opinion matters.

  2. I would say it kind of depends on what they are proposing to waiver; or perhaps they are discussing whether waivers should even be considered as an option. I could see allowing waivers for things like one semester of P.E. or a semester of advanced algebra or Health Education or Art Appreciation for example. My two most useful and valuable courses in High School were Boy’s Home Economics (living skills) and Typing – both electives. Other than basic math kills and writing skills, most of High School was sort of fun and games and kind of a waste of time; when I look back on it. I wish I had taken Auto Shop (useful) and not College Prep. Composition (not useful).

  3. Reply to Jim and Clinton — Yes, Clinton, you are spot on with thoughtful reflection rather than jumping to conclusions. These waivers are for students in specific circumstances which have made it impossible for them to earn the full 24 credits that are now required by our state. HOWEVER, every student MUST earn the required credits in all core areas plus more — 4 English, 3 Math, 3 Science, 3 Social Studies, 2 Health and Fitness, 1 Arts, 1 Career & Tech Ed. You can read the full policy waiver, which is aligned to state law, on our Board meeting agenda for 2/14/23 located at

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