RPS shares a message and resources on race and racism.
Dear RPS Families,
Today, former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin was found guilty on all three counts of the murder of George Floyd. For many of our students, families, and school staff this will be an especially challenging time, especially for our Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPoC) staff, students, and families.
As educators, we are playing a critical role in supporting our students. Every student, family, and staff member is a valued member of our community. We believe it is the collective responsibility of all RPS staff to be actively and intentionally anti-racist, both individually and collectively. This responsibility involves critical self-awareness and self-reflection; recognizing and addressing bias; dismantling racist cultures, practices, and procedures; and increasing one’s cultural responsiveness and cultural awareness.
We have included resources below for families to address race and racism:
We have a collective responsibility to ensure our schools provide a caring, supportive, and anti-oppressive environment. School communities should support the healthy, positive development of students and help them grow their unique gifts and talents. Our staff are committed to supporting one another and our students.
Thank you for your partnership in education,
Rochester Public Schools