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April 20, 2021

Dear Families:

Accountability has been served today for George Floyd and his family.  We sympathize with our Black students, families, and staff for having to bear the pain and trauma of this unnecessary and senseless murder.  The trial is a reminder that we cannot afford to be silent or be uncomfortable talking about the reality of institutional and systemic racism that has plagued this country for centuries. We must be visible and courageous in our resolve to work for the change we want to see in this country and in our communities by actively dismantling racism, racist policies, white supremacist ideologies, and demanding racial justice, racial equity, and accountability.

The national outrage over racism towards our BIPOC (Black, Indigenous People of Color) community compels us to stand together universally and vehemently condemn vile and racist behaviors. The need for sustained, willful acts of kindness and love that promote unity, and more importantly, an understanding of our nation’s racist history, is vital to healing the damage that has led to centuries of deepening racial disparities and lasting negative consequences for our BIPOC communities.

We extend our commitment to creating a safe and welcoming space beyond the walls of our schools. We encourage everyone to make their voices heard and discuss these events and the racial unrest we are bearing witness to in our country in an honest and meaningful way. We stand united to defend and support our diversity of race, gender, religion, national origin, gender identity, color, ancestry, sexual orientation, and ability for all members of our community.