Let's Stand Together
Let's Stand Together
Posted on 06/02/2020

Dear CK Students, Staff and Families:

It is with a weary heart that I address you. In a time where many are already feeling a sense of loss, isolation and anxiety, our district community acknowledges that the latest racial injustice impacting our country is opening existing wounds. Wounds that reflect a long history of racial inequities and bias.

The actions and protests in response to the recent violence has a tremendous impact on our community. During this time, it is especially important to reach out to family, friends, neighbors, and community members to listen, show support and seek to understand. We recognize that our students may need additional support right now, and we are here to help. Please reach out to our school counselors, teachers or principals for guidance in talking with your child about recent events and their feelings. Below you will find links to some resources for talking with students about race and inequities:

Center for Racial Justice in Education: Resources for Talking about Race, Racism and Racialized

University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education: Talking to children after racial incidents

Most importantly, we will continue to strive to make Central Kitsap School District a safe and inclusive learning environment for all students. During my short time in CKSD, I have heard from many that equity in our schools is a priority. This means we must challenge the status quo and address any historical and institutional barriers that prevent students and families of color from accessing an equitable educational experience. It remains essential for us to know every student by name, strength and need.

If not us, then who? If not now, then when? Let’s stand together and make our Central Kitsap District Community stronger, united and resilient.

Be Well and Stay Strong,

Erin Prince