Message from the Superintendent
Dear CISD Families,
For the past week, we have witnessed a national outrage in response to the tragic death of George Floyd. Our country is in pain, and I join in this collective feeling of outrage, anger and heartbreak over what happened to George Floyd, as well as the many other recent incidents of racism and racial violence in our country. These events and the memory of others have weighed heavy on my heart. I want to express my sincere compassion for the pain our students and families are experiencing, especially our African American families. We are all faced with the challenging conversations we are having with our children about these issues and being asked questions we might not readily have all of the answers. I think of my conversations with my own children about this heavy topic, and I am heartbroken to think of how that differs from what our African American families are burdened with telling their children. There is something terribly wrong with that picture.
I encourage our community to reach out and check-in with our African American colleagues, students, teachers and neighbors to see how they are doing and what support is needed. In addition, I know many of our students from all ages and backgrounds are experiencing deep feelings about what is happening in our society right now. As a school district, we have a duty to educate our students about current events, as well as past atrocities. As school leaders, we have an obligation to be a part of this dialogue, be good listeners and work toward solutions and ways we can make things better. We also have a responsibility to share resources with our community about how to talk to our children about what is happening in the world around them.
Our parent toolkit at www.coppellisd.com/parenttoolkit has articles and resources that may help guide these discussions. In particular, I also want to share these links:
I want to say strongly and unequivocally that in Coppell ISD, we do not and will not tolerate any form of racism, and we are committed to educating all of our students in a safe environment free of racism and prejudice. In CISD we value collective engagement that positively impacts the lives of our children and our world. We have to stand behind that statement to ensure we are a voice to the voiceless, and we are standing up for all of our students. We will continue to remain committed to educating the whole child, and this means helping all of our students to be kind, have empathy and treat others how they would like to be treated. When we learn of incidents of racism and prejudice, especially if it occurs in one of our schools or classrooms, we must confront the situation and take immediate action to stop it.
I worry about all our children all of the time. I worry about their safety, health, social and emotional needs, academic development and more. As I watched our Class of 2020 graduate on Sunday, I was filled with a strong sense of hope for our future. I believe our kids are the difference makers that will positively impact our world. I know they will stand for those who cannot stand for themselves and serve as leaders for positive change. I feel better about our future, because they are in it. I know they will do amazing things, and I cannot wait to see all they do to make our world a better place.
We sometimes like to believe we live in a bubble and our community is immune to issues of bigotry and racism, but we must collectively come together to work through these issues as a family. Coppell ISD will continue to do our part by championing inclusivity, diversity and equality. Please join me in being part of this conversion and solution. We live in an incredible community filled with amazing people; we have the capacity to do better in the area of social justice, and I know that we will. What is happening in our community today is our problem to fix, and I am confident we will make things better. It is time for us to come together as a community for a better tomorrow and future for our children.
Dr. Brad Hunt