On June 3, Fayetteville-Manlius Central School District Superintendent Craig J. Tice released a message to the community about the tragic death of George Floyd in Minneapolis, Minnesota. In that article, Dr. Tice said, “Most importantly, we must work together and continue our conversations around racial equity while removing barriers that contribute to systemic inequities.”
With the recent nationwide and local protests in support of the Black Lives Matter movement, the district’s counselors are following up on Dr. Tice’s earlier statement with three resources to help parents talk with their children about the events taking place across the country and here in the local community.
- The National Museum of African American History and Culture, a Smithsonian Institution museum, has a number of resources for parents, and educators, to talk about race.
- EmbraceRace provides tools and resources about race, including a guide for talking with younger students, such as 10 Tips for Teaching and Talking to Kids about Race.
- Today’s Parent is a resource for parents on many topics and includes a list of books best for elementary and early middle school students to help parents talk with their children about racism.
If you have questions or concerns about how to best support your child, please reach out to your child’s teacher, school counselor or building principal.
The district looks forward to working in partnership with our students, staff, parents and greater community to continue these important conversations around racial equity to ensure that all Fayetteville-Manlius students are being educated in an environment that is safe and secure and allows everyone in the school community to contribute toward a better society for all.