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Embracing Change, Social Justice and Hope
Posted 6/3/20

Dear NVUSD Staff, Families and Community:
The tragic loss of lives—those of George Floyd in Minneapolis, and before that, the deaths of Ahmaud Arbery and Breonna Taylor, among so many others due to racial violence—are unconscionable and have instigated a global call to action against institutional racism. Personally, I can’t begin to express the disappointment and concern I am feeling at this point in our history and in our world during these challenging times. Ending this violence will require a united and sustained stance against racism and hatred in all its forms. We cannot ever tolerate anything that diminishes the dignity of any member of our community. 

As a school district, we must denounce all forms of racism, discrimination, and social injustice. We understand that as students observe and experience everything happening in our world today, they need outlets to express their beliefs and process current events in a safe, inclusive manner. Many students are participating in demonstrations and protests. We support our students safely and respectfully promoting activism and being advocates for change.
Right now, many of our students are turning to social media to express feelings about the injustices they are seeing or experiencing today.. This is understandable and to be anticipated, especially since we are not currently able to hold space in our learning communities on our school campuses due to the pandemic. We are sending this message in solidarity with the call to action against institutional racism. NVUSD will not tolerate any form of discrimination, intimidation or harassment and will follow district protocol pertaining to reports of any harmful rhetoric. Student safety needs to remain a priority as we navigate these difficult topics.

Thank you to all of the students, parents and staff who have sent messages regarding their concerns and suggestions during these contentious times. During this time of current civil unrest in many cities across our country, we recognize that our strong and passionate students will continue to be the changemakers we need to usher in a time of healing, learning and acceptance. We know that NVUSD students have the capacity to address the social injustices and inequities in our world. As I have watched students graduate throughout this week, I am confident in our students’ ability and commitment to make the world a better place. In partnership with our families, we will continue to educate, nurture and support our students, promoting respectful dialogue while prioritizing student safety.

Thank You,

Dr. Rosanna Mucetti
Napa Valley Unified School District