Our school district faces two large challenges at the moment. On the one hand, a global pandemic has physically pulled us apart by closing schools and forcing social distancing. On the other hand, recent protests have laid bare racial divisions in our schools.

We need to embrace each other in all of our differences as members of the same community, while at the same time providing the highest quality education, from a distance if necessary. Navigating these waters will not be easy. But, just because we are in a time of crisis doesn’t mean our other issues go away. Education of future generations is a big responsibility with long term impacts. We must always maintain a focus on what is best for our kids.

As we enter a series of town halls thoughtfully arranged by CUSD and more times of uncertainty, I urge everyone to meet one another with grace, civility and respect.

Our children are watching.

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