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Letter following the death of George Floyd
Letter following the death of George Floyd
CBSD
Tuesday, June 09, 2020

June 9, 2020

Dear CBSD Families,

Like you, we were outraged by the murder of George Floyd at the hands of those charged with serving and protecting all our citizens. Sadly, we also understand that this is not an isolated incident, but one death among many. We join in cries for justice and actively stand in solidarity with our students and families of color who experience marginalization and systemic repression.

As leaders of the Columbia Borough School District, we are committed to dismantling racism within our school community. This includes building our cultural competence as educators and reviewing our policies, practices, and curricular materials to ensure that we are providing an equitable learning environment in which all students experience safety, are valued equally, and are provided with resources they need to achieve success.

Additionally, we pledge to continue and strengthen our use of restorative and trauma-sensitive practices to transform our school community. Restorative and trauma sensitive practices promote inclusion, affirm cultural identity, and engage students in relationship building, and problem-solving.

Many years ago, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. challenged us that “our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.” Building a school system that ensures racial equity matters. Educating for racial justice matters. Actively aligning ourselves with our black and brown students, proclaiming loudly that their lives matter, matters.

Working together, we can build a transformative school community. One that is committed to academic excellence, justice, and affirming the identities of all our students.

Warmly,

The CBSD Administrative Team
Tom Strickler
Gregg McGough
Kathryn Michalowski
Mike Smith
Jodie Parkinson
Liz Landis
Rob Kedney
Eloy Rodriguez
Mike Shirk
Alaina Melendez