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Supporting students through a difficult, emotional time 

In recent days, there have been protests in our community that have involved some of our students, as well as students from other school districts and adults in the community. We anticipate that in the coming days and weeks, there may be additional protests that students may be asked to participate in. We want to make sure that before future protests occur, that families are able to take the opportunity to talk to their student if they are planning to participate.

We hope that you will encourage students to stay in school during the school day as to not negatively impact their instructional time. If and when students choose to participate in protests, we also encourage you to talk to your student about how to do so safely. Because events like these are not school sponsored, students are not supervised by our staff. While we have been proud of how responsibly and safely our students have participated in events throughout the community, we also think it is important for you to talk with your student about both their rights and responsibilities as part of a protest if they choose to participate.

We also want you to know that we are continuing to provide opportunities for students to discuss what happened, express their feelings and respectfully consider all perspectives. We want our students to be safe, learn how to discuss challenging issues productively and think about how to make positive change in our community. Thank you for your support.

The CDC has reported an outbreak of measles in the U.S. It is important for you to check your child’s immunization records to make sure he/she has received two doses of MMR vaccine. Measles can spread easily to and from unimmunized children. In addition to being at risk for getting sick if exposed to measles, children with one or zero doses of MMR will not be able to come to school for two weeks if exposed. Learn more.


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