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June 12, 2020: A Message from Superintendent of Schools Kristine Orr

June 12, 2020

The Board of Education and I are heartbroken over the events that have taken place over the past few weeks in Minneapolis and across our country and we want to take the opportunity to remind our families and community about our beliefs as a school district. Our district is committed to continually striving toward equity and inclusion for all and embracing diversity and social justice.

We know that many families in our community are feeling pain and hurt as a result of these events. As we consider the three areas where we focus much of our work—safety, mental health and future-ready learning—we know that ensuring support in these areas helps us develop students who are well-rounded citizens who will use their knowledge and power for the greater good.

Part of our duty in preparing students for the future is giving them the tools and knowledge to recognize and fight systemic racism. This means we must continue to consider the experiences students of color have in the education system, as well as the disproportionate impact the pandemic is having on these communities.

Our district will continue to work to ensure we are building safe environments where students can have meaningful conversations and learn about each other’s differences in productive and respectful ways.

Finally, as we continue to focus our energy and efforts toward developing more robust mental health supports, we will continue to consider how to make sure all of our students and families have the support they need, while teaching our children how to interact appropriately with all individuals, regardless of the color of their skin.

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