Conestoga Commitment to Social Justice
The beginning of a school year is usually an exciting time, filled with energy and excitement for all that the new year brings. This year’s opening is historic in nature not only because we are beginning school virtually during a worldwide pandemic, but also during a time when we have become increasingly aware of the systemic racial injustices that continue to persist in our country. As principal, I recognize the pain that so many of us are experiencing around these events, particularly our students, staff, and families of color. As we prepare to embark on a new school year, as a school community, it is important to renew our commitment to social justice. We at Conestoga care deeply about the way racism, intolerance, and injustice affect the lives of all individuals, especially those in our school community. We are committed to cultivating a culture that seeks to understand each other, values each other and does not tolerate discrimination of any kind. As a district, we are committed to social justice teaching standards, and to that end, we encourage teachers and students to engage in conversations about the impact of current and historical events on us as individuals and as a community. Together, we believe that we can find ways to move forward in unity during this challenging time.