A Message from CCSD15

June 3, 2020

Dear District 15 Community,

There is rightful outrage around the country surrounding racism, inequity and injustice that has undoubtedly impacted our own school community in very personal ways. Our hearts are heavy knowing the pain many of you and those across the country are experiencing. District 15 must play a role in combating systemic and personal racism. This begins with an acknowledgement of its presence and a recognition of the humanity of all our students, staff and families.

In District 15, we remain steadfast in our commitment to equity as a core value of our organization. The events of the last few weeks have made it abundantly clear that our continued focus on culturally & linguistically responsive teaching practices and addressing opportunity gaps are more critical than ever.

Many of you have asked for age-appropriate educational resources for your family to learn more about the topics of racism, inequity and injustice. We are working hard to develop a list of robust resources that we will share with you in the coming weeks.

In District 15, our diversity has always been one of our greatest assets. You have our commitment that our schools will continue to be places of belonging, tolerance and understanding.

Your partners in education,

Dr. Laurie Heinz

Superintendent of Schools

Samantha Ader
Zubair Khan

Board of Education Equity Committee Members

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