Dear UCF Parents and Staff,
On Wednesday, January 6, 2021, Washington, DC was the site of violent actions and reactions that sent shockwaves around the world. The images filling social media and the news are distressing. It is scary, disheartening, and sad.
We know firsthand, as a community, that there are different viewpoints and perspectives on many things. We also know that there are constructive and civil approaches that allow everyone to be heard. Passionate and contrasting views - coupled with our fast-paced world have made civil conversations difficult.
In our social media - app-driven world there are few filters. Photos are posted and shared with millions in seconds. We know that everyone has seen some part of what happened on Wednesday. Students will be watching for our responses - at home and in school. They will derive meaning from what we say and do not say - what we do and do not do.
With that in mind, I ask that you join me in total condemnation of the attack on the United States Capitol. UCFSD stands against the violence, the unlawful entry of our US Capitol, the hateful language, signage, and all things that contributed to the terror. This tragedy should not be repeated ever again.
Now more than ever I appreciate your support. I know we will work together to help this nation heal and move forward - because together we are stronger. The year is young so let’s fill it with positive and productive educational experiences.
We know that it is sometimes difficult to find the words to talk with children about these events. Below are some suggestions for talking to children about this week’s events.