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    Derek Chauvin Guilty Verdict: Resources for Families and Students
    Posted on 04/21/2021

    Derek Chauvin Guilty Verdict: Resources for Families and Students

    On April 20, 2021, a jury found Derek Chauvin guilty of George Floyd's murder. We recognize that our students may be experiencing a range of emotions, like many adults. We are providing resources to help families engage with young people about the verdict.

    While the justice system did its job by finding Chauvin guilty on all counts, we know that there is still a long way to go until societal justice is achieved. The verdict comes just days after the killing of Daunte Wright by a law enforcement officer. Just 23 minutes before the verdict was read, a law enforcement officer shot and killed Ma'Khia Bryant, a teenager, after she called them for help. As a nation and community, we must continue to confront systemic anti-Black racism and injustice. We must act.

    School leaders and educators are prepared to provide safe spaces for students to process, learn, and engage in these important conversations. Educators have been provided with resources to facilitate classroom discussions about the trial outcome and advance the district's commitment to racial justice and Black liberation. 

    We are working to become the education system our students deserve. This means we are analyzing policies, practices, and ways of teaching through an anti-racist lens. It also means we have committed to partnering with and co-constructing new educational approaches with Black students, families, staff, and communities.

    Below are resources for your use at home. We hope you find them helpful. We appreciate and value your partnership in working towards a just future for all our children.

    Resources

    Social Emotional Supports

    Anti-Racist Resources