The Unified School District announced Wednesday that it would no longer use the word "chief" in employee job titles due to its connection to Native American culture.
The change applies to all 10,000 current employees in the school district, according to a report by the San Francisco Chronicle.
"While there are many opinions on the matter, our leadership team agreed that, given that Native American members of our community have expressed concerns over the use of the title, we are no longer going to use it," district spokeswoman Gentle Blythe said in a statement.
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The school district has not yet announced what term will replace "chief" in its employee title lexicon, but Blythe noted that the change did not reflect a demotion for those affected.
"By changing how we refer to our division heads, we are in no way diminishing the indispensable contributions of our district central service leaders," the district spokeswoman said.
The elimination of the term is not the only action the school district has taken to appease some members of the local Native American community. Every school district board meeting begins with a "land acknowledgment" in which the board reads a statement "that recognizes the Indigenous peoples who have been dispossessed from the homelands and territories upon which the District is built, currently occupies and operates in."
Three members of the city's school board were recalled by city residents in a landslide February vote that was largely motivated by outrage from local parents at the board's focus on renaming schools during the COVID-19 pandemic rather than reopening schools and ending virtual learning.
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The San Francisco Unified School District did not respond to a request for comment.