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Message from the Superintendent and Board of Education
Posted 4/20/21

Dear SRVUSD Staff and Families,

 

The rendering of a verdict in the Derek Chauvin trial has returned our attention to an event that caused great trauma in our nation and more specifically to members of our own community. 

 

Please be mindful of the strong emotions that accompany the decision. Some people will choose to discuss their feelings, while others will need time and space to reflect inwardly.  We all process differently, but the support of family, friends and colleagues can be comforting and reassuring. This is particularly true when we face emotionally challenging times, when people need to speak freely so they may process their emotions. Please be available when a shoulder and trusted friendship is needed, and please reach out if you need support, yourself.  

 

In our District, we teach that each and every one of us plays a role in creating a safe, equitable and inclusive school environment that is free from racism and discrimination. It is important to provide students with safe and respectful places to have productive and civil conversations. Thank you for all that you do to teach and model for our students that raising your voice is your right. This is a time to help our students realize that they can be part of the force that affects lasting and meaningful change in our society. 

 

Please know that we are here for you.


 

With respect,

 

Dr. John Malloy, Superintendent

Susanna Ordway, Board President

Ken Mintz, Board Vice President

Rachel Hurd, Board Clerk

Shelley Clark, Board Member

Laura Bratt, Board Member