The acts of violence and issues of white supremacy, antisemitism, anti-Black racism, other forms of hate and issues related to civil liberties/disobedience we witnessed in Washington, D.C. on Wednesday are felt personally, and in different ways by our students, staff and community. Classroom discussion of last week’s events and related issues can be a daunting task for educators and students.
It is important for you to know that Interim Director Karen Falconer sent a message to Principals, Vice Principals and the senior leadership team Friday to let them know that given the complexities of these issues, there is currently no one-size fits all resource that we can easily share with schools to help teachers and students who are or may want to discuss last week’s events. However, staff are actively working on pulling together resources for this week that will help in these critical conversations. In the meantime, the TDSB’s Equity, Well-Being and School Improvement team developed TDSB Resource for Families (First Edition) last June. As always, supports are available to students and staff should they be experiencing trauma including Social Work and Professional Support Services.
As we continue to serve students and communities, these acts of violence and issues of white supremacy, antisemitism, anti-Black racism and other forms of hate are critical reminders that we need to remain focused and continuously examine our commitments to make schools safe places for all students, staff, and parents and guardians. Let us work together to make a difference as we strive to change the future in the lives of our TDSB communities.