Vallejo City Unified School District Students, Staff and Community Members,
I am writing, today, to address concerns I have heard from stakeholders regarding the impact of the recent presidential election. Because of the tumultuous nature of this campaign, the issues we face now would, more than likely, have arisen no matter which candidate ultimately won. It is not my goal, here, to sway personal opinions about the election results, but to provide information and resources for our educators to have ethical conversations with our students regarding the outcome, and the path forward for our great country.
Jimmy Dean once said, "I can't change the direction of the wind, but I can adjust my sails to always reach my destination." As we move forward, with the new administration, our students are coming to us for reassurance. They are seeing images of unrest all around them, and are coping with these issues in their own individual ways. Students whose status or background was called into question during the election may be experiencing heightened stress levels, and may need additional support. Our stated value is that, 'Every adult is responsible for the success of every student" and we must demonstrate this through our daily actions.
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VCUSD STEAM Program Staff