Dear Families and Staff,
We are living in unprecedented times. In 2020, we came together as a world and a nation to address the challenges and uncertainties of COVID-19. These challenges continue to face us, but we have increasing hope with the roll-out of the vaccine. At the same time, we experienced national protests against the racism that continues to plague our Nation. Most recently, we observed an attack on our Capitol. We all have questions about these events and what they mean for the future and how to navigate the concerns that our students may bring into the classrooms with them tomorrow.
Throughout our history, Inauguration Day has been a celebration and a peaceful transfer of power from one Administration to the next. Watching the news, many are expressing concerns that this may not be the case. Watching the news, we may all be feeling cautious about how we approach the conversation of Inauguration Day, the storming of the Capitol, and the protests against racism in our country. While we, as adults, are watching the news, asking ourselves these questions, it is essential to remember that our students may have questions and concerns that we need to address.
Many of our classrooms will watch segments of the Inauguration tomorrow, as it is a tradition to allow our students to witness American history firsthand. In preparation for tomorrow, we wanted to provide the following resources to families and staff as they observe the Inaugural Day events and reflect on the events leading up to it. Our school counselors will be available for any staff or student who may want to reach out with additional questions.
Resources to Help Guide Conversations