“Each of us, individually and collectively, is responsible for creating and nurturing an anti-racist learning environment where every child is respected and valued for who they are, regardless of their skin color. We must actively acknowledge, address and prevent racial bias…[we] condemn racism, racial violence, white supremacy, hate speech, and bigotry in all forms inside and outside of our schools and community, and stand steadfast in our commitment to foster an inclusive educational environment where every student, staff member, parent, and community member is treated with dignity and respect, as well as our commitment to continue fighting for racial justice and human and civil rights for all.” (From the LOSD Anti-Racism resolution)
We share this reminder of our anti-racist stance this week because we want everyone in our community to know our staff is here to support you and your child. In every election year, as debates, advertising, rallies, and campaigning ramp up the energy and political discourse, middle schoolers often make statements to each other that they have not carefully considered, that are parrotted from other sources they haven't fully researched, or that impact members of our community negatively. We all have an obligation to help our kids to live up to our shared values and to navigate and learn from those moments when they fall short. As adults, thinking about how we'll handle those conversations ahead of time is critical. Below, you'll find a helpful resource from Common Sense Media about guiding your child through the election season.
Our connection to and care for each other and our shared learning should be a source of strength and support for us all. Remind your child that they can talk with you or a trusted adult at school about their questions, about comments they have heard from others, and about their concerns. Thank you for being our partners in helping make our learning community more just, equitable, and safe for everyone.