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Last Updated: 10/22/2021 11:53 AM

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We aim to create and maintain an inclusive working and learning environment that respects and celebrates difference, where everyone can participate fully, give their best and achieve their full potential.  We actively promote equality of opportunity and freedom from discrimination on all grounds.


National African-American (Black) History Month: February 2020

To commemorate and celebrate the contributions to our nation made by people of African descent, American historian Carter G. Woodson established Black History Week. The first celebration occurred on Feb. 12, 1926. For many years, the second week of February was set aside for this celebration to coincide with the birthdays of abolitionist/editor Frederick Douglass and Abraham Lincoln. In 1976, as part of the nation’s bicentennial, the week was expanded to a month. Since then, U.S. presidents have proclaimed February as National African-American History Month.

Here’s How We’re Celebrating Black History Month (Teaching Tolerance)

Black History Month begins next week. And as we look ahead, we’re asking ourselves: What stories about Black history are students taking away from their schools and classrooms? Over the next four weeks, Teaching Tolerance (OCHS) will share some of our favorite resources focusing on aspects of Black history and culture. Instead of centering your Black History Month teaching around trauma and struggle, we hope you’ll help your students recognize the many ways in which Black people have contributed to, inspired and created American culture while also leading the way in advocating for justice. The Cultural Competence Team and 1 World Diversity Club will hang banners near the lunchroom and in the main hallway of African-Americans (AA).  We are also asking each class to post a picture and brief bio of an African American under the banner.  Also, during LEAD for the month of February we will highlight AA throughout the month. 

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OCHS Cultural Competence/Equity Vision:

Oldham County High School Strategic Plan, Vision 2019-2020, highlights the school commitment to equity and the belief that every person can contribute to a sense of acceptance and community.  The Cultural Competence and Equity/Diversity Team will design and facilitate the implementation of cultural competence awareness and training. The goal of the strategic initiative is to support increased knowledge, understanding and development of the skills and attitudes of the entire OCHS community that results in culturally responsive environments for all.


OCHS Diversity Statement:

OCHS is committed to a school system that supports educational excellence regardless of ethnicity, race, color, national origin, age, different abilities, religion, marital or parental status, political affiliations or beliefs, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression. Equitable academic programs and services that respond to the needs of a diverse student population and prepare all students for a changing workplace within a global economy are essential.