Yesterday, we witnessed a riot in which people threatened the U.S. Capitol Building, the Vice President, and all members of Congress. What a disturbing sight to see the heart of our Democracy under siege.
The events have likely added stress to many within our community and certainly have generated questions from our students.
Our educators cannot take a political stance with our students, but we cannot ignore current events either. I have reminded our staff that when difficult conversations come up or questions arise, what is important is that we listen to our students' questions and have conversations about current events. It's ok to not have all of the answers, but during these conversations it is vital that we show our students and one another compassion and empathy while reinforcing appropriate behavior and communication for students and adults.
We will continue to do all we can to ensure students feel safe and take advantage of age appropriate "teachable moments" in the days, weeks and months ahead.
David H. Hill, Ed.D. Superintendent of Schools CCSD93