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Superintendent Statement: Justice for George Floyd

Encourage Student Conversations About Equity, Justice, and Inclusion

Sacramento County Superintendent of Schools Statement

Last summer, the public murder of George Floyd shook our local Sacramento community and our nation. Over the last few weeks, our students and families watched the trial of Derek Chauvin. For so many, deep feelings have resurfaced. In light of the jury’s verdict, we acknowledge the enormous toll that this trial and so many other acts of violence have taken on Black Americans in the United States. In many ways, this is both a moment of justice achieved and a reminder of the tremendous work we have ahead of us—as a country and as educators tasked with teaching the next generation of young people.

The trauma of witnessing continuous violence has had an impact on our students, families, and staff. It also reminds us why we must be steadfast and intentional in our mission to address and eliminate the systemic, racist structures and biases that lead to the mistreatment of our fellow citizens based on race. We know as educators that one way to support social and emotional wellbeing is by creating venues for open dialogue, individual growth, resource sharing, and providing emotional support.

It is imperative that we create space for students to engage in real conversations that help them make sense of the complexities and injustices that are happening in their communities. Classrooms are often the safest place for students to ask questions and process their feelings, or grapple with what they are witnessing in the broader society. The resources linked below include toolkits, discussion guides, and educational materials that can help families and educators navigate complex issues of race and bias with young people.

We stand in solidarity with the Black children and families of Sacramento, and will continue to work to create a more just, equitable, and inclusive county where diversity is honored and all of our children—regardless of race or status—have an opportunity to realize their dreams.

Links for Families and Educators

Family Resources

Educator Resources

Crisis Intervention Resources

  • California Youth Crisis Line—A 24/7 statewide emergency response system for youth (ages 12–24) and families in crisis.
  • Crisis Text Line—A 24/7 crisis counseling service available anywhere in the United States by texting HOME to 741-741.