Dear Wyoming City Schools Families and Staff,
I struggle to find the right way to begin but silence is not an option. We mourn the needless deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and Ahmaud Arbery. People are hurting, angry, sad, and fearful across the nation and in Wyoming, too. We are not certain about what comes next, but I can say that we stand together. This week, I’ve been reminded of the importance of the four core principles that writer and teacher Clint Smith shares with his students at the beginning of each school year:
Tell your truth.
Mr. Smith’s powerful message on The Danger of Silence can be found in its entirety here. I cannot recommend it more highly.
Wyoming City Schools is committed to our ongoing work to create a safe learning environment for all students. Our work in the area of climate and culture focuses on fostering a sense of belonging for all students, staff, and families.
This work in the areas of diversity, inclusion, and equity is led by our Global Classroom Team. This team of administrators, parents, and teachers is pulling together tomorrow to put an immediate action plan in place to do what we can as quickly as possible. We see the urgent need for real and action-oriented conversations about racism and we are working to build resources to support these conversations in our work and in our homes, within our families and with our friends and neighbors.
We value our role as educators and we understand the danger of silence. We have a long way to go but we are energized to do the work. I will be sharing more with you in the coming days.
Stay safe. Take care of yourselves and those around you.