Letter from the Fairfax County School Board
June 5, 2020
Dear FCPS Students, Families, and Staff,
The events occurring across the country in the aftermath of the tragedy surrounding George Floyd are a response to the injustices we have witnessed for far too long. Images showing the brutal treatment of Mr. Floyd and other African Americans weigh heavily on our hearts and in our minds.
The pain and anguish displayed on our national stage developed from generations of systemic racism impacts our students, families, staff and communities. We embrace our responsibility to ensure our schools are safe havens where all students are welcomed, valued, respected, and greeted with opportunity.
Working with the community as One Fairfax, this Board is committed to identifying actionable items to improve policies, procedures, curriculum and access to opportunities to ensure that students, families, and staff do not experience injustice and inequities in Fairfax County Public Schools. We will seek reform, reflect on our own biases and engage in difficult conversations. During this process we will partner with our community, invite public comment and seek collaboration with state and local leaders.
We value diversity and are united in our opposition to racism and hate. We stand in solidarity with our black students, educators, staff and their families. We must unite and be agents of change in working to build a better world. We cannot and will not be silent.
The Fairfax County School Board
Karen Corbett Sanders, Chair and Mount Vernon District
Tamara Derenak Kaufax, Vice-Chair and Lee District
Karen Keys-Gamarra, Member-at-Large
Abrar Omeish, Member-at-Large
Rachna Sizemore Heizer, Member-at-Large
Megan McLaughlin, Braddock District
Elaine Tholen, Dranesville District
Melanie K. Meren, Hunter Mill District
Ricardy Anderson, Mason District
Karl Frisch, Providence District
Laura Jane Cohen, Springfield District
Stella Pekarsky, Sully District