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A Message from Riverdale School District Leadership

Published June 2, 2020

A message from Riverdale School District Leadership

Dear Riverdale School District Community,

We are deeply troubled by recent national events triggered by racism and racist ideas. Our nation has been shaken by the senseless death of George Floyd in Minneapolis. This tragic event is yet another reminder that Black Americans around our nation live in fear of losing their lives simply because of the color of their skin. With this communication we acknowledge the need to continue to learn and grow together and are deeply committed to the work ahead.

It is our responsibility as an educational community to ensure we reach our aspirations for our African American and Black students, and we must teach and respond in an intentionally culturally responsive manner. These tragic events must serve as a reminder that we still have much work to do in creating more inclusive environments – for our students, our community, our nation and our world. As a district, we have a responsibility to make sure we are doing our part to foster empathy and kindness. Our schools are the diverse playgrounds where our youth can learn acceptance and belonging. 

In Riverdale School District, we are committed to cultivating a culture of kindness and respect fostered through deliberate efforts to recognize and explore diversity and equity, and to cultivate positive interactions with others in school and in the world. We deeply value providing a safe and supportive community rooted in social-emotional well-being of all of our students, inciting passion for learning, and fostering a capacity for mutual and self respect within our students.

Riverdale School District embraces the continued work ahead in making deliberate growth as we comprehensively examine all aspects of equity and as we foster positive interactions with members of our school community and in the world. We must be persistent in thinking about, reading about, and talking about race and racism. Each of us has a role to play in our community, our workplace, and our family to bring equity and safety to people of color.  

 

Sincerely,

Superintendent Jim Schlachter

Principal Joanna Tobin

Principal Paula Robinson