Dear Spring-Ford Families,
As you have seen over the past week, our country is mourning the loss of Minneapolis resident, Mr. George Floyd. What has unfolded nationwide has undoubtedly weighed heavily on our students, families and staff and has encouraged honest conversations within our own homes.
As a school district, we strive to be educationally relevant, focused on achievement and growth, and have a priority on people – all people – so that students are fully prepared to positively contribute to their society. As a school community, we value each individual and believe that it is our differences that make us stronger and resilient. As well, we recognize that we can do more. Which is why earlier this school year we instituted a Diversity/Inclusion Committee, currently made up of employees. Prior to the shutdown, this committee met regularly to hold honest and sometimes difficult discussions about what diversity means in our district. The committee will continue to meet and grow when we return, ensuring we are building a community that welcomes all races, ethnicities, abilities, genders, and religions. In addition, we will be adopting our first Equity Policy during the June Board Meeting.
Personally, I am aware that I will never be able to understand what our students, families, and staff members of color experience each day, but I am committing to standing with our Spring-Ford family in solidarity against any and all acts of racism, disrespect and inequitable treatment of persons of color.
As parents, you may be struggling with discussing these recent events with your students. I encourage you to visit our Parent Resource Page, specifically the two resources below:
These resources can guide conversations as you speak with your children about recent events. As part of the Spring-Ford family, I encourage you to love and support all families.
Dr. David Goodin