Issues & Policy
During my time in LHS, I, as well as many other students, experienced a lack of responsiveness from the school administration regarding many serious issues. That is not to say that these issues went unnoticed, but attempts to address them went unheard.
As someone who grew up in Laramie and recently graduated from the Laramie High School, I have directly felt the results of the administration's policy. Thus, my campaign presents an unprecedented chance to put someone on the board that is directly in touch with often unseen problems in our schools.
The current administrative body is disconnected from students, parents, and teachers. The dissonance between the administration and the needs of our community has been made obvious by the inconsistent and convoluted response to COVID-19, and is indicative of the need for fresh leadership in other areas as well.
As a young person, I seek to bridge the generational gap that allows issues to go unaddressed. I not only grew up experiencing them personally, but I am in constant contact about these topics with the very people that I aim to advocate for.
Sexual Assault Prevention
Following my experiences with sexual violence, I spent time in High School working with administration aiming for changes in policy, and reduce sexual assault among students. Despite my advocacy, no veritable attention has been paid to this issue, or changes enacted. A major part of the reason I'm running is due to the need for advocates who will keep our students safe.
Our schools owe their student bodies accessible and factual education on the nature of abusive relationships and consent in order to both prevent violent relationships, and to allow students in such relationships to better identify and escape harmful situations.
Additionally, the creation and expansion of safe spaces for survivors in our education system is a pressing and essential topic. No one should feel they can't seek help, but under our current framework, many students feel they can't.
The mental health crisis in our community has gone under addressed for far too long, and can be seen clearly in our schools. There is a pressing need for far more resources for students who are struggling. It is our duty to provide support so that each individual student is able to engage with the quality education that we all know that ACSD1 is capable of and known for providing.
It is essential that we do a better job building inclusive spaces in the education system for students of all races, backgrounds, sexuality, and religion.
Placing an emphasis on how policies affect marginalized students, and working to ensure class curriculum do a better job addressing diversity and identity factors is an essential task for the next Albany County School District 1 administration to undertake.
In particular, including students with disabilities in all aspects of school life as well as working towards the destigmatization of conversations about both mental and physical disabilities are extremely important.
According to the Laramie Boomerang, Albany County has the highest rate of food insecurity in all of Wyoming. As such to keep our students safe, food insecurity prevention programs need to be expanded to ensure every student has access to a full and complete meal, particularly during this period of uncertainty. No student should worry about where their next meal is coming from, especially during a global pandemic.
The response to the pandemic has revealed a substantive number of flaws in our education system. As students have begun spending an increased amount of time at home, the district should work to expand mental health and counseling resources to help keep students safe and free from potentially abusive situations.
Months following the initial outbreak and our administration's reaction, we still haven't seen the appropriate response. As long as students remain partially or fully online, the school board has an obligation to make resources fully available at home.
Students with disabilities, a compromised immune system, or those who are temporarily hospitalized do not have equal access to the same education that their able bodied peers do at this time. Students unable to attend school in person should not be disregarded, and teachers need more support from their administrating body in educating students in accessible ways.