Statement of Support of our BIPOC Community
April 22, 2021
Dear Parents/Guardians and Staff,
I know many of you are enjoying your spring break at the moment. I felt it was crucial, given Tuesday's verdict in the Derek Chauvin trial and the death of Daunte Wright to reach out to you all at this challenging time to reaffirm that our District stands with our BIPOC students, staff, and community.
We are committed to ensuring that all students and staff feel welcome and heard, and I hope in the coming days and weeks you are able to create some space for yourselves and your students/children to begin to process recent events. We, as a District, have taken great strides in recent years toward antiracism work through staff training and have been fortunate to have the tremendous leadership of student groups including the Student Justice Union (SJU) and Students Organizing Against Racism (SOAR). However, I acknowledge that we have more to do in the areas of diversity, equity, and inclusion. It is so important, now and going forward, to reflect and ask ourselves the hard questions around what equity truly means and looks like and take care to listen to one another.
While there are many resources available to discuss race, racism, and traumatic events, I will include just one here from Learning for Justice.
Finally, I want you to know that we are here to support all of our BIPOC students, staff, and community members during this painful time. These events affect all of us collectively and therefore, it will be up to all of us to navigate a path forward together. Please do not hesitate to reach out to me, your principal/supervisor, or your school's guidance department with any thoughts or concerns.
As Representative Peter Welch said, “This verdict is an important step for our country as we wrestle with centuries of injustice. But there is so much more work to do in our communities, in the halls of Congress, and in each of our lives to build a society free of bigotry and inequality. We all must commit to do the work, every day.”
I couldn't agree more.