Dear RCS Community,
Our RCS mission statement describes how we are committed to helping our students achieve success as contributing members of a complex, interconnected, and changing world. This commitment extends to the families of our children and is based on the fact that children learn and grow when they and their families feel accepted, wanted, and valued. As RCS continues to exemplify its values of inquiry, collaboration, risk-taking, creativity and communication, we will foster resilient children who will not tolerate discrimination or hate. Our school is deeply concerned about the impact of recent events on our nation and
region. We, as a school community, stand for respect and inclusion, a place where all are free to learn in a safe and welcoming environment.
Not only have our staff, students and families been feeling the impacts and isolation caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, the events in Minneapolis and across our nation this past week have reminded us of the very real impact that systemic racism has on members of our society. When speaking with your children this week, I would encourage you to listen to them and provide them hope, compassion and an opportunity to ask questions. We all have a responsibility to stand up against discrimination, wherever and whenever we encounter it. As we move forward, we must seek justice and avoid blame in order to promote
“No one is born hating another person because of the color of his skin, or his background, or his religion. People must learn to hate, and if they can learn to hate, they can be taught to love, for love comes more naturally to the human heart than its opposite.” – Nelson Mandela
As always, we stand together with RCS pride and have the opportunity to be positive change agents and end social injustice for all. Our staff is here to support you and your family during this difficult time. Please reach out to your child’s teacher, counselor or principal if you are in need of assistance.
Together we can make this a place where we all want to live.
Brian Bailey, Ed.D.
Superintendent of Schools