Superintendent Updates: Events in Wash, D.C.
January 7, 2021: Reflection on Washington D.C. Events
Dear San Mateo-Foster City Community,
Yesterday, I wrote a short note (below) to you in order to quickly provide resources aimed at supporting our children. Personally, I was having difficulty processing what I was seeing. I am heartbroken for our country.
The San Mateo-Foster City School District is a diverse community and I know that some of our students and families may have been frightened by what they saw. You may also be concerned about your own safety and the security of our Nation.
January 6 is the date when a joint session of Congress counts and confirms the electoral college vote for president which leads to the inauguration on January 20. It has always been a step to the peaceful transfer of power. As a leader in our school community, I denounce violence and attempts to unlawfully interfere with our Nation’s congressional processes.
I wanted you to know that my thoughts are with all of you and that we will continue our equity work to strengthen support for all of our children as we begin the new year. I sincerely believe that we will move through this and become a stronger, more unified Nation.
Again, if you have concerns about your children, please contact your principal.
Joan Rosas, Ed.D.
January 6, 2021: Resources for Support Families and Students
You and your children may have seen the protest in Washington, D.C. today through various news sources. This unprecedented event may have caused distress including confusion, worry and anxiety.
At this moment we want to make sure that you have some resources to support yourselves and your children.
- Common Sense Media - Explaining News to Our Kids (English | Spanish)
- National Association of School Psychologists - Talking to Children about Violence: Tips for Parents and Teachers (This resource also provides content translated into 10 languages.)
If you feel that your child needs further assistance, please contact your school principal who can put you in contact with additional support.
Joan Rosas, Ed.D.