June 2, 2020
Dear Ararat Charter School Students, Families, Staff, and Community,
We are profoundly heartbroken by the senseless death of George Floyd at the hands of Minnesota police officers. Over the past few days, we saw thousands of people across our nation engage in nonviolent peaceful protests against systemic racism. The images of peaceful assembly dishearteningly have been overshadowed by civil unrest. Now, more than ever, it is imperative that we come together as one and focus on what we can influence and improve.
We recognize how painful this senseless tragedy is for many members of our community. It must serve as a wakeup call to address the bias and influential racism which exists in many parts of society. While conversations about race may be difficult to have, it is essential that they take place in order for our community and our children to move forward. Schools must be part of the solution because a great education is the most important part of the path for a brighter future. As a school, it is important for us to continue to commit to our shared values that: diversity is a strength and an asset; every individual has equal human value; and that a secure and safe environment and peaceful conflict resolution are essential to learning and to society.
Ararat Charter School believes in diversity and welcomes students and families from all over the world. It is important that we embrace each other’s differences, including race, ethnicity, nationality, religion, marital or parental status, physical or mental disability, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, gender expression, or socioeconomic status. We must continue to look out for each other, create safe spaces for our youth, and teach our impressionable young people to treat everyone with kindness and empathy. Our mission is to continue to provide a safe school where every student can learn and thrive.
Director of Operations and Compliance