Dear Freeport Middle School Families,
We at Freeport Middle School are saddened by the death of George Floyd. His death has had a profound impact on discussions about race and injustice in our country. It has sparked a deep and broad reaction in our nation and the world. As demonstrators across the country protest social injustice, it is important that we at Freeport Middle School also reflect on how George Floyd’s death has affected our community and our students. Although we believe that Freeport Middle School offers a safe and welcoming environment for all children, it is time that we examine the extent to which we foster a sense of respect and belonging for all students. This summer our staff will be looking to assess and implement practices that support equality and inclusion. Our plan is to review Freeport Middle School’s curriculum, activities, and events and make substantive changes that will support inclusive practices for all students. If you have feedback on this, please feel free to share your experiences and ideas.
Conversations about race are important. These conversations can be unsettling; yet it is an opportunity to look at our community’s strengths and work together to embrace diversity and justice. We can begin by having frank conversations about race and injustice with each other and with our children. At school, discussions about race would be talked about as part of the curriculum. While at home, engage in conversations with your children and your family about race, bias, and injustice. Be mindful of your child’s development and age because these discussions are complex and confusing. Here are some resources that will support you to engage your children in these conversations:
“Talking to kids about racism, early and often” https://www.nytimes.com/2020/06/03/parenting/kids-books-racism.html
When we return to school, our staff will have open conversations with students about race, it’s complexities, and the struggles surrounding it. Students may need awareness and understanding about their role in addressing race and injustice. Students may need to explore their personal experiences and the meaning of injustice in their lives. If you need help having these conversations prior to students returning to school, please reach out to Phyllis Latham, Conor Walsh, or myself.
Thanks for the support you have provided your child through all the events of this school year. We welcome your ideas. We need ev