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Jun 08

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Message from the Henrico County School Board

To the Henrico community,

Integrity, respect, trust and caring for each other are all values shared by your School Board. Many people are feeling a range of emotions, from fear to anger and confusion, because of the senseless deaths of George Floyd and many other African American men and women. If you are feeling this way, you are not alone. As leaders, we are saddened, angry and looking for answers.

Please know:

  • Your School Board is here for you. The discussion of race and racial justice is complex and may be uncomfortable. This is a chance to learn from our community as we listen. Students, staff and community members, please contact us and tell us how you are feeling and what you need.
  • HCPS is committed to creating an inclusive environment where students and families feel a sense of respect and belonging.
  • Acknowledging that we have different cultural experiences helps us create a more effective multicultural environment where differences are appreciated.
  • There are resources available to help you better understand and develop knowledge about the effects of racism and the trauma caused by racial injustice.

Together, we can build the world we all want and that our children deserve.

Sincerely,

Roscoe D. Cooper III, Chair and Fairfield District Representative

Michelle F. “Micky” Ogburn, Vice Chair and Three Chopt District Representative

Kristi B. Kinsella, Brookland District Representative

Marcie F. Shea, Tuckahoe District Representative

Alicia S. Atkins, Varina District Representative

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