Press launch from Culver Metropolis Board of Training:
June 6 2020
Pricey CCUSD neighborhood,
The Culver Metropolis Board of Training stands in solidarity with our Black college students, employees, and your entire Black neighborhood. The demise of George Floyd was not an anomaly however represents a historical past of oppression Black individuals have endured for a lot too lengthy. Now isn’t the time to be silent or mince phrases. On November 27, 2018, the Board unanimously authorised an fairness coverage. A part of that coverage says the next:
With a view to eradicate institutional bias of any form, together with implicit or unintentional biases and prejudices that have an effect on pupil achievement, and to get rid of disparities in academic outcomes for college students from traditionally underserved and underrepresented populations, the district shall proactively determine class and cultural biases in addition to practices, insurance policies, and institutional obstacles that negatively affect pupil studying, perpetuate achievement gaps, and impede equal entry to alternatives for all college students.
In alignment with our insurance policies and mission, we condemn racism in all varieties. Our dedication to offering a protected and supportive surroundings the place all of our college students are in a position to study and thrive with out worry of discrimination extends past the lecture rooms. After we witness police brutality or discrimination of any form, we’re obligated to reply with phrases and actions that denounce such atrocities. Lecturers are essential, however the social-emotional well being of our college students and employees is paramount. The stress of racism kills. The energy of our neighborhood is diminished after we enable any of our members to endure alone or in silence. We notice that the impression of 246 years of chattel slavery and 155 years of Jim Crow, Black Codes, segregation, and institutionalized racism won’t be simply undone, however we’ve got a duty to acknowledge the injustices which have introduced us up to now. We bear the burden of this problem for the sake of each pupil to know that they’re seen, heard, and valued. We now have a duty to assist dismantle a system that solely serves to interrupt the our bodies and spirits of these whose lives haven’t mattered for a lot too lengthy. That begins with taking this chance to reimagine training by means of the lens of racial justice.
A few of us are hurting due to what we’ve got witnessed, whereas many people are hurting due to what we’ve got skilled. The reality is none of us are okay if any of us are struggling. Oftentimes, a breakdown is a chance for rebuilding. As we proceed to answer the ever-changing standing of COVID-19 whereas doing our greatest to course of the present shows of concern and calls for for justice, allow us to come collectively as a unified district dedicated to understanding each other, sharing in one another’s combat, and talking for many who cannot converse, or not breathe, for themselves.
This press launch was produced by the Culver Metropolis Board of Training. The views expressed listed below are the creator’s personal.