Important message from the Superintendent and Board of Education
Tuesday, June 2, 2020
Dear Cherry Creek Schools Community,
Our mission in the Cherry Creek Schools is to inspire all students, to think, to learn, to achieve, to care. Each component is as important as the other, and to inspire our students to care, we must take on the issue of racial injustice with the same fierce urgency as we have the pandemic.
Since the beginning of the COVID pandemic there have been an increase in senseless acts of harassment and racial injustice due to xenophobia directed at the Asian community. Most recently, we’ve watched the righteous outrage displayed in communities across the country in response to the killing of George Floyd, and like others, we feel anger and frustration. We feel a sense of urgency to speak and to act. Black lives depend on it. Black lives matter.
As leaders of a school district that condemns racism and bigotry and is steadfastly committed to inclusive excellence for all students, we struggle with this moment in history. The challenge of dismantling systems that oppress people of color is compounded by the challenges we face in responding to the COVID pandemic.
To assist in this time of social isolation amid the pandemic, we want to share resources that might be helpful in talking to children about racial injustice and the unrest in our country. The following resources were compiled by our Office of Inclusive Excellence:
- Teaching and Learning About Race and Racism
- Raising Race Conscious Kids
- Resources for Talking about Race, Racism and Racialized Violence with Kids
We write to reaffirm our unwavering commitment to racial equality in Cherry Creek Schools. We write to condemn racism. We write to condemn xenophobia. We write to encourage educators and staff in the Cherry Creek School District to continue having courageous conversations about how we can do right by our students of color.
In Cherry Creek Schools, we believe that diversity is one of our greatest assets. However, we understand that embracing diversity is not enough, we must commit to a community of inclusion. Therefore, we urge you to join us in working to make our schools places where all students from all races and backgrounds feel safe, valued and loved. Together, we can make a difference.
Scott Siegfried, Superintendent &
Members of the Cherry Creek School District Board of Education