This message is to clarify information related to the Juneteenth activities planned at the middle school this week regarding the new Federal Holiday. Parents have reached out wanting to better understand the purpose of the activities as well as why the activities were canceled beyond the first day. I want to take a moment to address those concerns.
The middle school equity team, which is comprised of students and staff, spent a lot of time creating informational materials for classroom use leading up to Juneteenth. The goal was two-fold. One to bring awareness and education related to the new Federal Holiday. Second, to promote an atmosphere of acceptance and inclusivity. Churchville-Chili strives to be a place where all students can attend and feel welcome and supported. While the goal was to bring our school community together; unfortunately, the reality was the topic created confusion and led to uncertainty of what students would experience. Parents were unaware of the activities and goals, so there was concern about what the goals were, especially in light of a specific movie that was being discussed. Although the movie was not approved to be shown nor was it shown, the idea that it was discussed and initially shared with staff, caused concern and anger. Rather than move forward with activities that might create further harm or divisiveness, it was decided that it would be better to pause and reevaluate how we could reach our goals. Our district remains committed to providing a welcoming and supportive environment for all students and staff. In addition, proactive communication will be our focus for continued improvement.
We have created a webpage specific to the resources and activities that the students and Equity Committee had planned.