Student Safety and Wellness

Dear Students, Parents and OSA Community, 
 
This webpage was developed in response to the needs of our community and ensuing feedback from all of our stakeholders. It is our goal to provide a central place for members of our community to locate information, gain access to critical resources, learn about the backgrounds of our external support experts, and see updates regarding the school’s policies and procedures. We will be refreshing the site regularly, but if there is something missing, please send us an email.
 
November 2 Update from Executive Director, Lisa Sherman-Colt:
The past several weeks have been a difficult time for our school, and for all of the members of our OSA community. I want to reiterate my commitment to responding to the students, families, and staff affected by the student walkout and demonstration that occurred in September regarding sexual violence, and the questions regarding physical and emotional safety at school that have followed, particularly among survivors of sexual assault and among students who have been accused or rumored to be perpetrators.
 
OSA hired an outside investigator to review any new claims of sexual harassment and discriminatory bullying. As of this writing, zero new reports of rape or sexual assault have been made. All investigations of any allegations reported since the ’18-’19 school year have been reviewed by legal counsel. To date, we have found no evidence to substantiate any claims of rape or sexual assault at OSA. We will continue to work with the investigator and legal counsel to review complaints of bullying and discrimination on the basis of gender and race.
 
Current policies and procedures related to student safety:
Please note, these excerpted policies and procedures are currently under review to ensure they are up to date. Amended policies will be uploaded following board approval. 
 
Third-Party Investigator:
OSA has brought in an impartial third-party investigator who is qualified for Title IX, as well as other investigations, to look into any allegations of harm. This investigator is speaking directly with students and staff in the course of any and all investigations. If parents would like to be present while their child is speaking with the Title IX investigator, please email to let us know. The link to submit a report to the investigator is here and also appears below under the 'How To Report Sexual Harassment or Abuse' header.
 
 
Partnerships:
OSA is currently entering partnerships with the following organizations and consultants to provide supports and education for our students, families and teachers:
 
Information Shared at Board Meetings:
At the October 14 OSA Board of Directors meeting, this slide deck was presented by members of the senior administration team. Community members had Q&A time with our Board and Leadership team, audio here (part one) and here (part two).
 
 
Resources for students:
Many resources such as Incident Reports, Counseling, and Mental Health & Wellness information can be found on the OSA Student & Family Resources Website.  This page is updated regularly and includes How can I get support on campus? form which includes OSA counseling information. We also offer a quick summary of resources here. We encourage you to share any concerns with an adult you trust or are comfortable with who will be able to direct you to the appropriate person/resource.
 
 
How To Report Sexual Harassment or Abuse:
    1. Any student who believes that they have been subjected to sexual harassment by another student, an employee, or third party who has witnessed sexual harassment is strongly encouraged to report the incident to a teacher, an administrator, or other available school employee. An investigation will be conducted that will include the Dean of Students (student-related) and the Principal (employee-related), as well as a Title IX investigator. 
    2. An OSA Incident Report Form can be submitted directly to the Dean of Students who will distribute the complaints to the appropriate person(s) for investigation. 
       
    3. Complaints can also be accepted through an online portal. These complaints will go directly to an outside third-party investigator. 
       
    4. Students may tell a teacher, administrator, or other trusted adult on campus that they would like to file a complaint. All OSA employees are mandated reporters who have cleared a Department of Justice background check. Each OSA employee completes a required four-hour annual training course and exam which covers the responsibilities of being a Mandated Reporter.
       
 

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