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Educators, Students and the Community are Called to Unite and Student Equity Councils Rise to Engage and Reach Out to Have their Voices Heard

ELK GROVE, Calif. – June 2, 2020 – Superintendent of Schools, Christopher R. Hoffman responded to the death of George Floyd by asking educators, students, families and the Elk Grove Unified community to continue to stay united against hate and racism, just as the District united to close its schools for the health and safety of students and staff.

Appalled, he stated, “The gravity of what we, and our children saw in Minneapolis deeply concerns me and every educator I know. We rose and stood together to protect our students and community when the disease of COVID-19 came upon us, and we must continue to unite against hate and racism, resolute in our past efforts and inspired to renew and ignite continued efforts to create a more equitable society for our children.”

In addressing the Elk Grove Unified community, Hoffman restated his vow asserting, “I remain wholly and absolutely committed and resolute to continuing and amplifying our path of commitment to educational equity. We will not tolerate hate, racism or discrimination within Elk Grove Unified…public education not only plays a vital role in bringing about change in the classroom toward educational equity, implicit bias and systemic racism, it is foundational to the success of our very social fabric.”

The Superintendent of Schools further noted the progress being made in educational equity across Elk Grove Unified and invited the community to review updated information and ways to engage related to the District’s Office of Educational Equity and to further discussions with other community members for building, healing and establishing anti-racist activities similar to what the student leaders of Elk Grove Unified’s Student Equity Councils are actively embracing.

Superintendent’s Message on Uniting Against Hate and Racism

About the Elk Grove Unified School District

The Elk Grove Unified School District (EGUSD) is the fifth-largest school district in California located in southern Sacramento County. EGUSD covers 320 square miles and includes 67 schools: 42 elementary schools, nine middle schools, nine high schools, five alternative education schools, an adult school, one charter school and a virtual academy. Offering a multitude of educational programs, including over 70 career-themed academies and pathways within 15 industry sectors, we prepare our students for college and career by supporting them with the means to be creative problem solvers; self-aware, self-reliant, and self-disciplined; technically literate; effective communicators and collaborators; and engaged in the community as individuals with integrity. We integrate rigorous academics with career-based learning and real world workplace experiences and ensure that Every Student is Learning, in Every Classroom, in Every Subject, Every Day to Prepare College, Career and Life Ready Graduates.

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