Elmbrook Students, Families, and Staff,
I write to you today as a parent, educator, school leader and, most importantly, as a member of our community. The horrific death of George Floyd last week and the unrest that has followed, highlights how far our country, including the community in which we live, has to go to address racism, equity and opportunity.
Now and always, the School District of Elmbrook extends our support to our Black and African-American students, families, and staff members. You are essential members of our school community, and our District pledges to listen to you, learn from your experiences, and work with you to create our preferred future.
As a school district, we know that the potential for racism extends beyond our Black and African-American students. We live in a community that has dramatically changed its racial composition over the past fifteen years, with 30% students of color across our schools today. Our community’s diversity is a tremendous asset that attracts families from around the world, and it is critically important to accept our school district’s role in ending racism, wherever it may occur. We remain committed to our strategic priority to provide equitable access and inclusion so that all students can fully participate in our schools, classrooms, programs and activities. And, we will support our staff and families with resources like those provided below, that help all of us talk about race and racism with our children and students.
American Psychological Association - Resilience: Uplifting Youth Through Healthy Communication About Race
Common Sense Media - How to Talk with Kids about Racism and Racial Violence
Parent Toolkit - How to Talk to Kids about Race and Racism
I know that you are tired and worn out. We have all worked so hard to successfully complete a school year in the midst of a global pandemic. And it is because of what we have accomplished together (parents, students, and staff) these last three months, that my hope for our future lies in each of you.
We recently asked for volunteers to serve on a “Reopening Schools Task Force” and over 245 of you responded, willing to share your time and talents for the benefit of our students, staff, and school community. Our community does not shy away from complex work or crucial conversations. Rather, together with our community partners, we will accept the challenge, renew our commitment to one another, and strive to build an even stronger community. Your continued engagement and feedback will be essential in this shared work.
Dr. Mark Hansen, Superintendent