Arlington Public Schools email about George Floyd verdict

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From: Arlington Public Schools <[email protected]>
Sent: Tuesday, April 20, 2021, 5:34:25 PM EDT
Subject: APS School Talk – A Message from the Superintendent
aps school talk- from the superintendent

Dear APS Students, Families and Staff,

The verdict in the trial of Derek Chauvin, who was charged for the murder of George Floyd, was announced this afternoon, and he was found guilty. We understand how difficult the last few months have been for many of our students and staff, and while this verdict provides some closure, there are still many feelings that need to be processed and changes that need to be made to combat systemic racism in our justice system. We acknowledge the impact this verdict will have on social justice but know there is work that still needs to be done to achieve a society where we are all treated fairly and equitably.

The racism and violence that have been highlighted in these recent tragic events may be widely discussed this week at school. Teachers will give students the opportunity to process their feelings and how this feels to them personally, as appropriate, and as they are comfortable.

Below are some available resources to support you in navigating through conversations about race:

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Counselors are on standby to help students deal with their feelings and the Arlington EAP is also available to help staff as well. Below are some additional resources.

I want to take this opportunity to affirm our commitment to anti-racism and social justice, and to our continued work in schools and in our community.

Sincerely,

Dr. Francisco Durán
Superintendent
Arlington Public Schools

Hans Bader

Hans Bader

Hans Bader practices law in Washington, D.C. After studying economics and history at the University of Virginia and law at Harvard, he practiced civil-rights, international-trade, and constitutional law. He also once worked in the Education Department. Hans writes for CNSNews.com and has appeared on C-SPAN’s “Washington Journal.” Contact him at [email protected]

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