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Portland Public Schools Releases Report on Social Media Allegations

The Portland Public Schools today released a public report on the results of a comprehensive investigation of student allegations of sexual harassment and of gender, identity and racial bias and discrimination by past and present staff and the school district.
 
The allegations were posted on social media this past summer by former and current students about individual staff and about the Portland Public Schools as an institution. The report details the subsequent steps that district administration took to undertake a comprehensive investigation of the allegations, which resulted in appropriate disciplinary steps in some cases. The report also provides a summary of the lessons that the district as a whole learned from the investigation. Additionally, the report spells out what the district is doing and needs to do to create a culture where the behaviors giving rise to these claims simply don’t happen.
 
“As Maine’s largest and most diverse school district, the Portland Public Schools strives to be a school district where all students and staff feel safe and able to learn in an environment free from harassment, discrimination and bias,” said Superintendent Xavier Botana. “These claims clearly told us that the lived experiences of many of our students do not reflect that. We investigated the allegations and took appropriate steps to understand the truth behind them. We’ve also endeavored to take away lessons from these complaints about ways that our systems, practices and procedures can be improved so we can continue to grow and become what we want to be.”
Pre-K Lottery Application
Children who will be turning 4 years old by October 15, 2021 and are Portland residents are eligible for the Portland Public Schools' PreK program.  The PreK lottery application for the 2021-2022 school year will go live at 12am on February 8th and will close on February 26th. Applications after that time will be put on the waiting list.

Here is the flyer in different languages: English, Acholi, Arabic, French, Khmer, Portuguese, Somali, Spanish, Vietnamese.
Kindergarten Registration

The Kindergarten enrollment window is from February 8-March 5. Registration is online. Here is the Kindergarten Registration flyer in different languages: English, Acholi, Arabic, French, Khmer, Portuguese, Somali, Spanish, Vietnamese. It has the link to the registration portal that will open on Feb 8th and it includes the list of items that will be needed by the school to complete the enrollment. Please note that the second page of the flyer is the State of Maine's Language Use Survey that all new families need to complete and send to the school for inclusion in the student’s cumulative file. 
PARENT UNIVERSITY
Save the Date!
The Atlantic Black Box: Researching and Reckoning with New England's Past

Two-Part Session:
Thursday, March 18, 2021   
Wednesday, March 24, 2021
5:30-7:00 p.m.

 
Join the Atlantic Black Box Project for a two-part exploration into New England’s role in the slave trade and how this history can help us understand our present. Below is the Zoom link to join the webinar:
https://zoom.us/j/98827401569
Or iPhone one-tap: US: +13126266799,,98827401569#  or +16465588656,,98827401569# Webinar ID: 988 2740 1569
 


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