One of the core beliefs of our school system, which we have communicated to our teachers, students and families, is that “Hate Will Have No Home Here.” The Board of Education, superintendent, and all staff value a diverse school community that is inviting, respectful, inclusive, equitable, and supportive.
To be sure, the racist actions we have viewed on social media and news broadcasts are disturbing, vile, and should not be tolerated. As a family of learners and educators, we denounce these actions and assure our community, we will not allow a culture of intolerance to exist in the Richmond County Public Schools. In the face of racism in our community or beyond, our core beliefs compel us not to remain silent, to see, to understand and to interrupt racism in all its forms.
As an institution of hope and service for this community, it is incumbent upon us to be an example of equality and equity for all individuals. Through our collective work, perhaps we can create a way forward, dismantling racism and other negative influences that affect our schools, community, state and nation.
The Richmond County Public Schools encourages each of you to use this moment in history to strengthen your commitment to achieving racial equity. This means working to address the injustices that exist within and beyond our classrooms, through the conversations we have with others, by speaking up when we see hate, by supporting efforts that oppose racism and oppression, and by directly engaging in advocacy work.
Hold this compelling work closely to your heart. If children master academics but fail to appreciate the value of inclusivity, respect, and diversity, we as adults have fallen short of preparing them for tomorrow.