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News Release
April 20, 2021

Message to FCPS Community

Dear FCPS Community,

As we process the verdict in the Derek Chauvin murder trial, we realize many of our staff and students are experiencing a range of emotions. Our thoughts are called to many different places: where we were last year, where we are now, and the work yet to be done.

We have learned to pay closer attention. Our knowledge is not perfect, but it is continuing to grow. What we know now is that we must dig deeper to get to the truth. We must be fearless to bring forth change to ensure that our students and staff can learn and work in an environment where racism and hate are not tolerated, and all feel safe, valued, and included.

There is no justice in the loss of loved ones. Let us choose love and creation of a just environment. Let us choose hope and commitment to actions that breed hopefulness. Let us create brave and safe spaces for students and staff today and every day.

To help you navigate this challenging time, please consider reviewing the resources below for FCPS families and staff.

Sincerely,

Scott S. Brabrand
Superintendent

Resources for Families

Resources to Support Children During the Derek Chauvin Trial
Resources For Talking About Race, Racism And Racialized Violence With Kids

Resources for Teachers

Addressing Race and Trauma in the Classroom
Let's Talk: Facilitating Critical Conversations with Students
Reflecting on George Floyd's Death and Police Violence Toward Black Americans
Courageous Conversations Compass

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Submitted: Apr 22, 2021