Equity

My humanity is bound up in yours, for we can only be human together.

Desmond Tutu


June 3, 2020


Dear Parents and Community Members,


It has been unsettling and heartbreaking to watch how recent events have unfolded this past week with the brutal murder of George Floyd and the resulting civil unrest that is occurring in towns and cities across the nation. Clearly these are troubling times and many of us are experiencing a myriad of emotions, some of which include fear, anger, sadness and grief.  When we face the stark reality of the systemic inequity and injustice in our country, we experience a collective sense of racial trauma.  


But amidst the chaos and trauma, there are also signs of hope.  Police Officers, Spiritual Leaders, Township Officials, and Citizens are standing together in solidarity in an effort to confront the injustice that has taken place. It has been inspirational to see people of all backgrounds, persuasions and ethnicities channeling their anger and pain into action.  We hope that this renewed sense of activism will lead to real and sustainable change. By showing love and compassion during this time, we demonstrate the courage of our beliefs.  And when we in Robbinsville exhibit empathy towards one another, our community can be a part of the change and hope we seek.


This is one of the reasons the equity work the Robbinsville Public School District has begun is so critical. As we review our policies and practices to reveal our disparities, audit our curriculum to ensure we are more inclusive, and continue to engage in open dialogue about implicit biases, racism, and microaggressions, we can address these issues as they come to light and be a part of the solution. We have work to do and are committed to doing it.


We have gathered some resources designed to inform, jumpstart conversations and allow students to express feelings, ask questions, and process the events. You can access them here.  We will add to these as additional related resources become available in the days ahead.


In closing, please know that our administrative team, our guidance department and other staff members are here to support you and our families. We understand that conversations about race are difficult.  It is essential that they take place for our community and, most importantly, for our children to ensure that they can move forward from here in a healthy, informed and sensitive way.  We are committed to live our values and walk together with you as we move toward a more just world. 


Sincerely,


Kathie Foster


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