June 1, 2020
Dear Granada Hills Charter Community,
I hope you and your families are well and safe even though I am keenly aware that many in our community are suffering, worried, and burdened by what is transpiring. The horrific deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery and many others, together with the demonstrations and turmoil across our nation are devastating. Our hearts ache for this senseless loss of life and we struggle for ways to constructively channel our energy and resources to effectuate positive change.
The catastrophic COVID-19 global pandemic has impacted all of us, and has highlighted the historic social and economic injustices experienced by communities of color, particularly African Americans, who are twice as likely as their white counterparts to be among the one hundred thousand plus (100,000+) fatalities claimed by COVID-19. The violence, prejudice, and economic injustice that has been perpetuated against our communities of color should never be tolerated, and must be addressed. Educational institutions such as Granada Hills Charter are obligated to identify injustice, combat racism, and support the most vulnerable. And we must continue to make a space for meaningful dialogue and action that will lead to systemic and sustained change.
We must look to and help one another, to show compassion in our words and actions, and to stand up to and against intolerance, injustice, and violence. As we prepare to send off the Class of 2020, I am reminded that our community and our world need citizens and leaders like those we educate at Granada Hills who value diversity, respect one another, are of service, and remind us that equality is achieved by action. Now, more than ever, we stand with those fighting for justice and a better world.
Granada Hills Charter is committed to supporting our community in a variety of ways. We are fortunate to have a team of experienced school counselors, licensed school social workers, school nurses and other mental health professionals to support our students. Students may schedule a Google Hangout meeting with counselors during the counselor’s weekly office hours or the counselor can be emailed with a request for an alternate time.
Other resources can be found below:
- Talking About Race With Young Children, by NPR
- Anti-Racist Reading List, by New York Times
- Beyond the Hashtag: How to Take Anti-Racist Action in Your Life, by Teen Vogue
- Resources for Engaging in Anti-Racism Work, a comprehensive list of resources, books, films, to read, and resources for parents
- Addressing Race and Trauma in the Classroom: A Resource for Educators, addressing the interplay of race and trauma and its effects on students
Time and time again, our students and staff have proven to be the hope we desperately need. May you find comfort and support knowing you are loved and cared for deeply, and that in every shape, size, freckle and pigment, you are enough. You matter.
Brian Bauer, Executive Director