Equity and Inclusion
Department of Education (PDE) offers Pennsylvania schools access to its Equity
and Inclusion Toolkit, a resource to help schools prevent and respond to
racially charged and bias-related incidents in their communities.
their best, students must feel safe in school,” Governor Tom Wolf said. “A
healthy and safe environment can help our students thrive, and every student
regardless of race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, or gender identity or
expression should be provided the opportunity to learn free from
discrimination, fear, or harassment. My administration is dedicated to
improving education in Pennsylvania and we’ll continue working to ensure every
student has the opportunity to excel.”
and Inclusion Toolkit is one of a series of resources PDE began providing to
the commonwealth’s schools following high-visibility incidents in several
schools following the November 2016 election. When those incidents occurred,
the Administration acted quickly to condemn them as acts of bigotry and
intolerance, and released a video to
share a message of diversity and inclusion.
PDE’s Office for Safe Schools offers the Pennsylvania Bullying Prevention Consultation Line – a toll-free number available at no cost to students, parents/guardians, and school districts across the state. The Bullying Prevention Consultation Line allows individuals experiencing chronic and unresolved bullying to discuss strategies and resources to deal with school-based bullying. Messages can be left 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and will be returned Monday-Friday during normal business hours. The Pennsylvania Bullying Prevention Consultation Line is 1-866-716-0424.
PDE also offers resources, including a crisis plan template and curriculum guides, available online via the SAS Portal to educators.
File a discrimination complaint with the Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission.