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A Response to the Derek Chauvin Verdict

Dear Peninsula School District Community,

I want to take this opportunity to address the recent verdict in the Chauvin trial that has resonated far and wide in our nation and our community.

We first want to acknowledge the emotional toll this has taken on our entire community - especially our Black, Indigenous, and people of color (BIPOC) families and students. We know there are mixed feelings of sadness, relief, reflection, and anticipation. 

We invite you to join us as we continue to seek ways of improving equity and inclusion for every child and adult in our district. We believe we have the responsibility to acknowledge the discussions happening in our community, and to ensure our students have a place to express their opinions, learn from each other, and know that they are safe. Our staff have skills in leading discussions with students on these sensitive yet critical topics, and we are committed to further training to help all staff with skills in this area. Here is a link to resources for educators, families, and caregivers from the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction to support these discussions. 

Our goal is to make every student, family, and staff member feel valued, respected and cared for each day. Our strength comes from embracing diversity and all that our valued perspectives and backgrounds bring to the Peninsula School District learning community.

The events surrounding the conviction of Derek Chauvin for the murder of George Floyd provide an opportunity for dialogue and learning. We look forward to partnering with you as we continue to learn with each other through conversations and connections.

Art Jarvis

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