June 2, 2020
Dear BPS Staff and Families,
We write this today with heavy hearts over the killings of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery and countless others in our lifetimes. Each of us must play a role in moving our country past its painful history of racism and violence against people of color. That work must extend to our nation’s classrooms.
As educators in Brockton, we recognize our responsibility and accept the great privilege of educating among the most culturally diverse student populations in our state. More than 80 percent of our students are students of color. But it is simply not good enough to celebrate that diversity- we must learn from and respect each other’s cultures and life experiences. Just as we prepare our students to be exceptional mathematicians, scientists and writers, we must also prepare them to be kind to others, to speak out against injustice and to demand better for their generation and every generation to follow.
It is always our goal to build learning spaces where every staff member and student feels welcomed, valued and heard. Your School Committee is fully committed to continuing important conversations about race and evolving district practices to root out inequities. As our partners in learning, we want you to continue to engage with us and be a part of those conversations. We’d like to encourage you to email Superintendent Thomas at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions or concerns.
In closing, we’d like to remind our staff and students of color that we care deeply about you and that we are here for you. If you would like to request social emotional support for your child during this difficult time, please contact the main office of his/her school. Our school adjustment counselors are available and ready to listen.
The Brockton School Committee
Mayor Robert F. Sullivan
Chair of the Brockton School Committee
Vice Chair of the Brockton School Committee
Superintendent of Schools
Thomas J. Minichiello, Jr.
Cynthia Rivas Mendes
Joyce J. Asack
Timothy J. Sullivan
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Stay safe. Be well.
We will all get through this together.
We are Brockton, the City of Champions!