Farmington Public Schools officials issued a statement Tuesday encouraging an “uncompromising” commitment to the district’s diverse community.
Citing high levels of concern and anxiety caused by divisive and violent events such as the deadly protest march in Charlottesville, Virginia, Dr. George Heitsch wrote, “We want to personally assure all of you that Farmington Public Schools will continue to embrace our diverse student body and provide a safe, caring, and nurturing environment for all of our learners–students, staff, and families.
“The easy road forward would be for us to allow ourselves, our colleagues, our families, and our religious and civic communities to dismiss the impact of these events and not address how they directly affect us. We, however, encourage all of us to be uncompromising in our individual and collective commitments to supporting our richly diverse community.”
The statement also affirmed there is “no place for bigotry, hatred, racism and discrimination within our schools. We choose every day to build people up, bring them together collaboratively, and leave them better off as a result of our work. Farmington Public Schools is home to many students and families from varying backgrounds and life experiences, and the way they come together each day is nothing short of impressive. We are proud to be able to serve this community and look forward to a year of productive dialogue and collaboration.”
Officials also included a list of resources for parents:
- 21 Children’s Books to Teach Our Kids to be Kind and Inclusive
- Great Lakes Equity Center
- Books that Explore the Refugee Experience
- Books to Help Kids Understand the Fight for Racial Equality
- Summer Reading For Your Woke Kid
- 30 Multicultural Picture Books about Immigration
- 8 Empowering Middle-Grade Novels for Kids Interested in Social Justice