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Sender
BSA Communications
Subject
Message from John Davis, Chief of Schools
Message

April 13, 2021

Greetings Baltimore School for The Arts Community,

This letter is a follow-up to our recent communication regarding social media posts shared by the BSA community. I am inviting the entire BSA community, including past, current and incoming students and families, to a meeting that will be held on Tuesday, April 20th from 5 PM to 6 PM, using the Zoom link provided at the end of this correspondence. I will be hosting the meeting along with other district level staff district staff.

During this meeting, updates will be provided pertaining to City Schools’ most recent actions taken to address the allegations, including:

  • The review by the Department of Fair Practices of previous allegations and process for hearing from students who have raised concerns about the handling of previous allegations. The goal is to ensure the original responses appropriately reflected the severity of the circumstances, review the process for handling those complaints, and identify any follow-up actions necessary with staff or students to address the impacts of the misconduct on the school community and prevent future occurrences.
  • Steps that will be taken to ensure a safer learning environment and enhance educational programs and student-centered resources at BSA.
  • Formation of an Advisory Committee to provide feedback and ideas from students, parents, staff, alumni and others.
  • An opportunity for the school community to ask questions and share concerns.


As a reminder, counseling sessions for current BSA students are available via telehealth. Students who wish to speak privately with a clinician and/or receive referrals to additional community mental health and other resources can confidentially request an individual session by sending an email to: requestforsupport@bcps.k12.md.us. This email will be monitored by district level clinical managers until Friday, April 23, 2021.

Recent graduates (within the last 1-2 years) can access supports by contacting Expanded School Mental Health provider at mking32@jhmi.edu.

As a school and district community, we prioritize the safety and emotional health of all of our students. Further, and we remain committed to ensuring a safe and supportive school learning environments that nurture young people’s potential and enable them to flourish.

As shared in the previous communication, if students have any information about these or any other incidents, or if any student has experienced sexual harassment or sexual misconduct, they should report immediately. Students or their parents/guardians may submit a report directly to their school administration. Alternatively, they may use the online bullying, harassment, and intimidation form, available at this link: https://www.baltimorecityschools.org/bullying. Or they may report directly to City Schools’ EEO Manager and Title IX Coordinator by phone at 410-396-8542, or email: eeo-titleixcompliance@bcps.k12.md.us.

Again, we forward to your attendance on April 20, 2021 as we collaboratively work to address these serious concerns. 

Zoom link:

https://bcps-k12-md-us.zoom.us...

Meeting ID: 886 1749 7186 

Respectfully,

John Davis 

Chief of Schools