Good Evening, Board of Directors and Community.
I do hope everyone is doing their very best to remain healthy and safe during this current global health pandemic.
These past few weeks have been a painful reminder of yet another pandemic that we must equally fight as a nation. The untimely and inhumane deaths of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery and Breonna Taylor have brought the racial pandemic that our country has suffered from, not for just a few weeks, but for over 400 years, into broad daylight for all to see and ultimately decide how to move forward in this unique moment, as individuals, as communities and as leaders of systems designed to perpetuate systemic oppression.
As an individual, I continue to process my own raw emotions of anger, hurt, frustration and grief for this current moment and all the other moments, just like right now, that have plagued my community for multiple generations, while also doing the necessary work as a parent of two black children to prepare them for a world that I fear will continue to view and treat them in ways that will try to strip away their human dignity. And at the same time, while I hold and work through my own personal grief, I recognize, as a leader of a system that often contributes to the unequal treatment of black and brown adults and children in this country, that I have a leadership responsibility to stand united, in community, and call for racial equity and justice in our national, state, and local institutions, our workplaces, and our schools.
It is long overdue.
Here at home in OUSD, on an issue many of you are closely watching, I am recommending that we move forward to create a district wide safety plan to ensure safe, healthy, and positive school environments for students and adults WITHOUT a school district police department.