Our students deserve every opportunity to thrive. As a School Board Member, April prioritizes Safety, Student Success, and Community Engagement.
The safety of our students must be our number one priority. Here are focus areas to improve safety in Hayward schools:
- Gun Violence Prevention – No parent or student should live in fear of another school shooting. That is why immediately following the Parkland shooting, April drafted and submitted to the Hayward School Board a resolution to improve gun violence prevention policies in HUSD. April will continue to support students’ passion and activism and work with legislators to keep guns out of our schools.
- Inclusivity – Schools must be inclusive and safe for all students. April works hard to ensure that students who experience bullying, racial injustice, and indirect access for students with different abilities are heard and that the issues are addressed with expediency and efficiency. Additionally, April supports culturally and linguistically responsive teaching, trauma-informed practices, and decolonizing, abolitionist teaching.
- Conflict Resolution – April believes in Positive Behavior Interventions and Support (PBIS) and restorative practices as a means for resolving conflict and to dismantling the disproportionality in suspension and expulsion rates for our African American and Black students. This requires a comprehensive and district-wide commitment to antiracist work, which April has supported through board policy implementation.
- Facility Repairs – Our students deserve safe, clean, and functional learning environments. Since being elected, April has continued to advocate for quality school conditions.
Hayward students face many barriers before ever entering a classroom. April works hard to ensure that all students, regardless of race, economic background, and ability, are given the opportunity to success and thrive.
- Special Education – We must meet the needs of each of our students. That’s why April advocates to increase special education training for all teachers and paraeducators to promote inclusive learning environments. We also must work together to uphold each student’s Individualized Education Program (IEP) and to support parents during this process.
- English Learners – Diversity is one of Hayward’s greatest strengths. To embrace our students’ cultural and linguistic heritage, April pushes to expand the English Learner Master Plan to address the needs of all our language learners, including our students in our World House program and those who have been reclassified.
- 21st-Century Learning Environment – We live in a technological age that demands a fast-paced, innovative workforce. April supports a 21st-Century curriculum that prepares our students to enter this workforce. She believes that classrooms must be equipped with the best supplies, resources, and technologies to support our students’ learning. And she uses strong oversight to make sure our bond projects stay on budget and on time. April urges for expanded professional development opportunities for our teachers, who are a vital component to student success.
- College & Career Pathways – Students are the future. Their education empowers them to pursue their dreams and equips them with the tools they’ll need to address tomorrow’s challenges. As a college educator, April knows what it takes to prepare our students for college and career pathways. She works to strengthen partnerships with Chabot College and Hayward’s CSU and support apprenticeship and vocational training programs.
- The Arts – The arts play an invaluable role in our students’ personal and professional development. April will continue to support the arts and the district's updated VAPA Strategic Action Plan.
- Be in the Classroom – To truly grasp our schools’ unique strengths and challenges, a leader must be willing to show up and meet our students where they are. April currently volunteers in our classrooms once a week. She also meets with parents, teachers, staff, and administrators to listen and to learn how we can best support them and our students.
- Health & Wellness – For our students to thrive in the classroom, we must meet their most basic needs. April supports HUSD's current efforts to promote emotional and physical health. That’s why she advocates to increase culturally responsive Social Emotional Learning offerings for students, parents, educators, and staff and will continue to support health and wellness initiatives. April also advocates for expanded, age-appropriate, comprehensive sexual education in schools to move Hayward schools into compliance with the CA Healthy Youth Act.
- Early Childhood Education – Studies show that children who attend preschool or early childhood education programs perform better in kindergarten and beyond. That’s why April believes we should strengthen these programs in HUSD.
The success and wellness of our students depends on not just teachers and parents, but on the entire community coming together. Hayward’s spirit of volunteerism is one of its greatest assets. Here’s what April does to engage our community to put students first:
- Family Engagement – Parent and Caregiver involvement in a child’s education is one of the most important indicators of future success. Hayward has several opportunities for families to get involved in their child’s education. April works to support engagement opportunities, to increase outreach efforts, and to encourage formation of PTAs at every school. Additionally, she's hopeful to bring Participatory Budgeting to HUSD to engage students and their families in decisions on spending in our schools.
- Civic Engagement – Collaborating with civic leaders is the best way to tackle the myriad challenges our students face, which is why working together with Hayward City Boards, Commissions, Committees, and Task Forces, as well as Hayward City Council and HARD, is essential to the success of Hayward schools. April has cultivated relationships with Hayward City leaders and will continue to do so to unify efforts to put our students first and to address the issues that challenge our community as a whole, including housing, food insecurity, racism, poverty, policing, and mental health services.
- Community Engagement – To fulfill the “Made in Hayward” vision, it truly takes a village. Committed to this vision and to the district’s “community schools approach,” April partners with the faith community, advocacy organizations, local businesses, and HUSD to address community issues. As a School Board Member, April continues to foster these important partnerships within our Hayward community and support full-service community schools.
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