“We are mindful of how long it has been since many of us have been in a school facility due to the ongoing dual-pandemic of COVID-19 and systemic racism. The 2021-2022 school year will include a proactive approach to support our students as we continue to provide social emotional and academic learning.”Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Gregory C. Hutchings, Jr.
Alexandria City Public Schools published two pages to their website, one titled “Talking to your Children about Racial Justice” and the other, “Teaching Racial Justice”. According to the school, talking to your children about racial justice includes reading articles by Forbes (“First, Listen. Then, Learn: Anti-Racism Resources For White People“) and watching a video by CNN (Video: CNN and Sesame Street town hall on racism) as well as watching and reading Animation Series: Something Happened In Our Town, a book known to have content such as “cops stick up for each other and they don’t like black men.”
The school’s “Teaching Racial Justice” page encourages teachers to read the 1619 project and build institutional practices by studying Learning for Justice (formerly Teaching Tolerance) Anti Bias curriculums. Their suggested articles include How Schools Are ‘Spirit Murdering’ Black and Brown Students by Betina Love and White Teachers Need Anti-Racist Therapy by Betina Love.