Please read this all staff message from Superintendent Susan Enfield about the events that unfolded in the U.S. Capital on January 6.
The events unfolding in our nation’s capital are leaving us all reeling. Personally, I am feeling sad, angry, disgusted and deeply concerned for how students are experiencing this as well. As educators, we must not only make sense of this for ourselves, but also for them. I know this is difficult and ask that you take care of yourselves and those around you and reach out for support if you need it.
As trusted adults, our students will likely look to you for reassurance and explanation. Our SEL team has prepared resources to support you in this, which you can find at this link.
It is important that we convey to our students that what has happened today is neither a demonstration of leadership nor freedom of expression. We must help them understand that leadership is about listening to understand and learn from those whose views are different from ours. We can and must disagree without disliking, disrespecting, dismissing or harming others. That is a hallmark of our democracy. I am including resources for talking with students about the rights and responsibilities of living in our democracy at this link. These were shared before the election, but much of it is applicable to today and you may find them helpful.
I encourage you to engage our students in conversations to learn from today’s events and what led to them. Let’s also share all the reasons there are to remain hopeful for the future, and remind them that they will play a large part in leading us there. Our children and young people are our greatest hope.
We have encountered so many unprecedented challenges over the past year, and I know it is exhausting. Together we will get through this as well. This I know, because I know the collective strength of our Highline community. Please stay strong and continue to care for yourselves and one another.
Thank you, Highline.
Susan Enfield, Ed.D. | Superintendent | Highline Public Schools
Office: 206-631-3070 | email@example.com