As we continue to move through a rapidly evolving climate of racial equity, tragedy and accountability leading towards justice, Lafayette will continue to provide a message of equity and support to our staff, students and families.
This time in our nation and world is not only being broadcast to adults, but our children are watching and processing as well. Often it is our teachers, who are on the front lines with our students, navigating the comments, questions and feelings related to race that they undoubtedly share. Our children are trying to make sense of how the effects of our history shaping our current history – what we do to support them in this moment is critical.
Please know that we continue to equip our staff, students and families with opportunities for support. Teachers have been given resources on how to talk to students about our current events and have optional process spaces, led by our Mental Health and Racial Equity team. Those same supports are available to students how may need support beyond the classroom.
For families, there are a multitude of resources to talk to your students about race. The Center for Racial Justice in Education has compiled a webpage of “Resources for Talking about Race, Racism and Radicalized Violence with Kids”. This is a powerful list of resources for families. Additionally, MPR News has provided a podcast specifically on how to talk to students about the recent verdict in the Chauvin trial. MPRNews “How to talk to kids about the Chauvin verdict and race
While the relentless pursuit for equity and justice for all people continues to be an uphill battle, we remain firm in our commitment to ensure that the youngest of our community, our students, are educated and supported in a way that intentionally puts that mission into action. We must continue to talk to our students and one another about race. Now continues to be the time.
We are here for you and your students. Please don’t hesitate to reach out.