FHSD Response to Current Events

Posted on 06/08/2020
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Like so many around the world, the FHSD community is grieving the senseless death of George Floyd. We know this tragic incident is symptomatic of a larger issue that affects us all. Racism, inequality, and violence in our communities and nation are unacceptable.

The Francis Howell School District condemns racism and violence in the strongest terms possible. They are opposed to the values of our District, our community, and our democratic society.

FHSD is committed to continuing our mission of empowering students to be lifelong learners prepared for the future. We pray that future is an inclusive and welcoming society free from racism and violence. As educators, we are working to break down barriers and create opportunities for our students who have historically been underserved. We are also committed to recruiting a diverse workforce that is more reflective of our District demographics.

We know that all of our students are experiencing these events in different ways. Whether they are watching it on TV or actively participating in peaceful protests, they have been witnessing racially-fueled violence. Our students are smart and passionate, and they are capable of talking about difficult topics with their peers and parents while school is not in session.

We continue on our diversity journey here in Francis Howell. We have multiple initiatives to provide professional development for our staff around equity, diversity, trauma-informed, and restorative discipline. While there are many things we are doing to eliminate racism and bigotry, there will always be room for more. We pledge to continue these efforts for the benefit of all of our students and staff.

As part of our District values, we honor and encourage trust, respect, and inclusiveness. It is our fervent hope that our students and our entire community find these principles to be a useful guide as we all navigate and respond to these tragic events and channel our energy, intellect, passion, and commitment to be forces for good and for positive change.

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