In education, all students matter always
To the editor:
As the superintendent of schools, I have the responsibility
to make sure all students in our schools have the academic,
physical, social, and emotional supports necessary to be successful
in school. This applies to all students who enter our
doors, regardless of their skin color, economic status, physical
abilities, gender, or culture from which they come from.
This responsibility is not taken lightly. Every student matters
and deserves these supports, along with caring adults to help
guide them through their school journey.
Regardless of the rhetoric you see and hear in the media
and letters to the editor over the past year, we are not teaching
classes such as critical race theory or LGTBQ+. All of what
we teach — the curricula — is public information that can be
found on our website. This has been available for parents,
community members and staff to review for years.
What we have done over the past two years is provide
professional development sessions for our School Board and
staff on student mental health issues, cultural issues, gender
issues, disability issues, poverty issues and homelessness issues.
These sessions provide our staff and school board members
a lens to look through based on experiences of others,
which provide us with a better understanding of the students
and families we support in our communities.
While we can’t walk a mile in others’ shoes, we must understand
these dynamics of the students in our classrooms and
continue to grow as professionals so we can better serve our
students. All students matter.