Dear Staff and Families,
As the superintendent of schools, I am often looked upon to speak on behalf of our school community to deliver a message of solidarity, hope and strength. Sadly, I must admit that the senseless death of George Floyd has left me speechless.
As the leader of one of the largest, most diverse school districts in Connecticut, in which more than half of our 16,500 students are students of color, I know that even though we are all committed to our mission of cultivating productive habits of mind, body and heart, it may seem like it is not enough. I know that the hearts of our Stamford Public Schools community are filled with sadness, hurt, anger, helplessness and uncertainty. And, I am certain that I do not have the words to explain or erase the images that remain with us this week.
I also know our families and staff must be struggling to find the words to explain to their seven- or seventeen-year-olds why the world seems unsafe, unjust or uncertain at this moment. If we are honest, the appropriate words may not exist. However, it is our willingness to come to the table (even in a virtual platform) that will certainly be the first of many steps towards change.
As such, we want to provide parents and guardians with some tools to use with their children to begin conversations in their homes. During this time of social distancing, our leaders are introducing virtual opportunities for our school communities.
In this spirit, we are hosting our second Parent Pop-Up Webinar. Please join us Friday, June 5, at 5:00 p.m. for our next session titled, “Let’s Talk: Strategies for speaking with children about race and traumatic events.
Please click the link to join the webinar: https://zoom.us/j/97298553290