Jon R. GundryDecember 2016
As we have seen in the election
outcome and in media reports, our county is divided and it will take a great
deal of work to bring us together. Racially charged incidents in schools and
communities across the country are on the rise, so I encourage all
educators to help create safe spaces in our schools for African Americans,
Hispanic Americans, Muslim Americans, LGBTQ Americans and Asian Americans among
others. Many of our students and families may fear the statements, promises,
and plans that were made during the election process, such as immigration rules
or enforcement that could separate families.
Please know our school
communities are vigilant in caring for students and their families. I’ve
attached some resources for you to review and share to help create the best
conditions for learning. Our classrooms and schools must be safe places for all
students. In addition, please consider the county office Safe and Healthy
Schools team as a resource. The staff can help implement strategies to create a
positive school climate and please visit our bullying
prevention and resources page for information and ideas.
Public education celebrates our
core values of diversity, empathy, equality, innovation and integrity. I trust
that your care and compassion will give students and families a sense of
comfort. Reassure them that we are strong together and will stand by each other
should they need our help or assistance.