A Message About Racism

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Dear Jack Callaghan Public School Community:

We want to express our heartbreak over several recent disturbing and serious events, and a call to action for all of us, in particular those of us who are white, to become more involved in the eradication of the deep-rooted racism and harm that our communities of color are experiencing.

We also want to acknowledge the additional layers of trauma and pain that our students and families of color may be  experiencing, while also dealing with the stressors involved with COVID-19 restrictions.

To our community members of color, we see you, we respect you and we support you. As a school committed to teaching our students the unacceptability of racism, we know that the fight against racism cannot fall by default on our community members of color. We must work together.

And we know that it is not enough to simply speak out and condemn racism when we see it. To be true to our core values, to commit to destroying racism, we must strive to do more and to do better.

It’s important for families to have conversations and lessons around the recent incidents in North America. Thank you for your partnership in talking with your children often about racism. We also encourage you to continue to connect with community resources for support.  

It is so important for us that our students of color know how much we love and care for them, now more than ever.

Our youth are making sense of the world around them and they need our help. You can find tips and resources on engaging in challenging conversations with children about racism below:

https://www.parenttoolkit.com/social-and-emotional-development/advice/social-awareness/how-to-talk-to-kids-about-race-and-racism

https://www.ctvnews.ca/canada/how-parents-should-talk-to-their-children-https://www.tolerance.org/sites/default/files/general/beyond_golden_rule.pdfabout-anti-black-racism-1.4963947

Please reach out to any JCPS staff member for further support.