We are deeply saddened by the recent events around our country and recognize that our students may be experiencing a range of emotions including anxiety and distress. While these events can be scary for us and our children, it is also an opportunity to begin a conversation about race and inequality and how we can act together to improve our community.
By demonstrating an inclusive view of the world, we teach our children how to care for all people, whether they look like us or not. The most important thing you can do is to reassure your child and validate their feelings. With older children, we suggest that you watch the news together and discuss the events as a family. Children may be asking questions about why this is happening. We encourage you to have these conversations and answer the questions in an honest and open fashion.
Here are some resources to help guide these conversations:
- The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends the following resource from healthychildren.org about How to Talk to Children About Racial Bias.
- The (AAP) has also issued guidance specific to How to Talk to Children about George Floyd’s death and the subsequent demonstrations.
- National Association of School Psychologists (NASP) provides guidance for parents/guardians about Talking to Children About Violence: Tips for Parents and Teachers.
- The Children’s Community School, an early childhood center in Philadelphia, provides a graphic illustrating that They’re Not Too Young to Talk About Race.
- This resource provides a list of educational resources to engage young people (Pre-K and up) in learning about racism and justice: Talking to Kids About Racism and Justice.
The recent events around our country and in our own neighborhood are a painful reminder that we all need to do better for our students, our families, and all of those we serve. We have the privilege of educating students of all colors, races, and religions at Culver School. That is a privilege we do not take for granted.
Please know that the entire faculty and staff are here for you today, tomorrow, and in the future.