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June 1, 2020 Letter to T/E Families

June 1, 2020

Dear T/E Families,

This past week, amidst a backdrop of a global pandemic, our nation has experienced the pain associated with the death of George Floyd. The historical context of racial prejudice that lies beneath this tragedy has brought many deep emotional responses to the surface. The T/E School District stands with all members of our community, especially those who feel these emotions most deeply.

When prior events have seized the national consciousness, we have tried as a District to provide parents with resources to engage their kids in the conversations that may emerge. As a parent, I have had discussions about race with my own children in the hopes that they will become more and more racially conscious as they grow. My dialogue with them is based on my experience as a white male. The conversations taking place in other households, especially those with racial backgrounds different from mine, may not be the same. Therefore, it is challenging to provide universal resources to help all families, but several are listed below as a starting point. I do feel it is important to engage in this discussion, to listen, and to help students clarify their own feelings about race. As a District, we are committed to advancing this work.

For those of you who seek further support for your child, please contact any school or District administrator. It is my hope that our work, conversations, and care will help our District contribute to a society where peace and justice prevail.

Sincerely,

Dr. Richard Gusick
Superintendent of Schools

 

Beyond the Golden Rule: A Parent’s Guide to Preventing and Responding to Prejudice (Southern Poverty Law Center)

How to Talk to Kids about Race and Racism (NBC News Learn)

Talking Race with Young Children (National Public Radio)