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Community Message 6/5/2020

Dear Southern Lehigh Families:

The death of George Floyd in Minneapolis has shocked and disturbed us as a nation, a community and a district. Once again, we have seen the devastating consequences of systemic racism and the anger, sadness and despair it causes. Fighting against racial disparities and discrimination of marginalized individuals is a responsibility to which we must all remain steadfast.  

As a district, we have the responsibility to lead our students, staff and community in partnership to ensure that everyone feels safe, valued and respected. We recognize the many challenges that lie ahead.  We have a long way to go, but are committed to the on-going hard work and difficult conversations that need to happen. 

As always, our priority is our students and how the recent events have affected them. Please know that although the school year has drawn to a close, we will continue to provide counseling and support for all students.  Please reach out to your school’s principal to request assistance.  

As families, it may be difficult to have conversations about racism and violence that can be traumatic for everyone, but especially for vulnerable students.  The resources are shared to assist you:

How to Teach Your Kids to Fight Hate:  An Age-by-Age Guide (Parents Magazine)

Supporting Vulnerable Students in Stressful Times: Tips for Parents (NASP)

We continue to value your support now and in the weeks and months to come.  We appreciate the students, staff and community members who engaged with our Diversity, Equity and Inclusion committees and activities and look forward to engaging others as we expand and strengthen this work. Look forward to announcements in the very near future about activities including opportunities to engage in critical conversation about race, equity and combating discrimination and bias.  

 

Sincerely,

Kathleen T. Evison

Superintendent of Schools