Tomorrow is the inauguration day of a new President of the United States. It is a time to appreciate the fact that we are able to have a peaceful transition of power even in times of great division. It is also a time to reinforce the role of advocacy and community voice in a democracy and the responsibility of citizens to ensure continued progress to the aspirational values of our country. Tomorrow and the days going forward also give an important teaching opportunity. In addition to academics, our schools serve as vital spaces for understanding and processing complex feelings. It is important during this time that we provide opportunities for students to express their feelings with adult support to create a safe space for all. The Oakland Unified School District has provided its staff with resources to support classroom discussion. These include materials specifically created for the 2016 Election including frameworks on tolerance and lessons from history. They may be useful personally or professionally.
As we move past the inauguration, LPS continues to place the highest priority on the safety and sense of safety of all students and their families. To this end, on January 9th the LPS Board of Trustees designated our three campuses as Sanctuary Schools and directed staff to protect the rights of undocumented students and families and maintain the security of student.
Thank you for your proactive and continuing commitment to inclusivity, community and belonging; to developing our students’ critical thinking and communication skills; and to ensuring that all of our students have a true path to college, career and community leadership.