A Message to Our TCSS Community & Resources for Families
June 10, 2020
To Our TCSS Community,
The past few months have been difficult for our community and for our nation. From a pandemic that caused an abrupt shift in our school year and in our lives, to tragedies that have brought painful emotions and the discussion of racial inequalities to the national forefront, we realize the wide and varied impact these situations have on our students, families, faculty, and staff. As our TCSS mission states, “Diversity and individual learning needs are respected, included, and valued.” Our mission also directly references the values of equity, fairness, accountability, and safety. TCSS remains committed to this mission and to moving forward continually in our efforts. TCSS firmly denounces any words and actions that do not align with the inclusion and respect for diversity that is outlined in our mission.
We want to remind our TCSS community of the resources that our schools provide, including access to counselors, social workers, and mental health support. We ask families to have conversations with your children, answer their questions, and reinforce the importance of respect and treating others the way you wish to be treated, regardless of differences. As the ninth-largest school system in our state, we are proud to serve a diverse student body and community.
As we move forward, we will continue looking to our mission and strategic plan to guide every student along their best path for educational success. Over just the past year, we have seen important successes. These include significant gains in accountability measures for schools that serve high-poverty communities, and national recognition for the implementation of character education programs in our schools. We must continue to do more. These initiatives, plus others related to social-emotional wellness and using our resources to create equity and opportunities for all students, are crucial.
Included below are resources for families, which may be helpful at this time. Again, please reach out to us for support or assistance. As we have learned this year, physical distance does not mean we can’t still lean on one another. We know our work is meaningful and that there is hope for a bright future, because of the intelligence, leadership, and optimism shown by the students our families entrust to us.
Walter W. Davie, Ed.D.
Resources for Families
Supporting Students in Stressful Times - National Association of School Psychologists
Discussing Difficult Situations with Your Children - National PTA
Helping Students During Crisis - American School Counselor Association
Teaching and Learning About Race and Racism with Young Children and Their Families - National Association for the Education of Young Children
Video: TCSS Counselors Share Coping Strategies Related to COVID-19 Pandemic