A Message in Peace and Solidarity

January 6, 2021

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A Letter from Dr. Tremblay

Dear Framingham Community:

As I write to you late this evening, I continue to be shocked about all that has transpired today at the United States Capitol. The images and videos were hard for many of us to see and even harder to comprehend. To me, this was an America that I did not recognize.

In my role as Superintendent of the Framingham Public Schools, I take my responsibility to be the compass for the youth in our city very seriously. The attack on our Capitol by our own citizens does not simply violate laws, it violates our values, and more importantly a moral code to put the greater good of our country first and foremost over ourselves. Yet, this is another teachable moment for all of us.

I ask our students to consider the consequences of violence and to look to history to see the legacy of individuals we hold in high regard. Their non-violence is a roadmap for the right way to change the world.

I ask our families to create space for your children to engage in dialogue with you, to hear their thoughts and concerns and questions.

I ask our educators and education leaders to not shy away from helping those in your care to make sense of the world around them in the face of senselessness.

I was hopeful that we had left the worst behind us as we rang in a new year, instead we are faced with having to heal deeper wounds in a divided nation and in the midst of an ongoing global pandemic where patience has long since been lost.

Indeed, America has seen some dark days of late, but there is always hope that tomorrow will be a better day. The City of Framingham and Framingham Public Schools can lead with integrity and be the heart of the nation at a time when peace and love have never been so important.

In peace and solidarity,

Dr. Robert A. Tremblay

Note About Resources

Resources will be provided to staff and teachers and can be made available for families who would like additional support navigating difficult or complex discussions surrounding today's events. If you have questions or are looking for help on this topic, please utilize the Health and Wellness Staff Directories to find your school-based support staff.

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