Statement from BOE & NPS Violence in Georgia

Statement from the Norwalk Board of Education and Norwalk Public Schools On Recent Violence in Georgia
Posted on 03/20/2021

The Board of Education and Norwalk Public Schools offer our deepest sympathies to the families and friends of the victims in this week’s senseless violence in Georgia.

Amid fears that this was a hate crime targeting Asians and women, we stand in solidarity with the diverse members of our Norwalk community, and all those who strongly condemn racial violence, harassment and discrimination of any type. There is no room for such behavior in Norwalk or anywhere in our country.

We are committed to making sure that our schools remain safe places that are accepting of all students. As part of our ongoing focus on equity in education, Norwalk Public Schools is continuing the work we began last year to identify and address weaknesses and bias within our school system. Working with Dr. Edward Fergus of Temple University, we are training our staff to recognize and address bias within themselves and the education system.

To ensure that NPS students are ready to be responsible citizens in a global society, we will also continue to engage NPS students in age-appropriate work as a vehicle to discuss race and racism.

Upon the return from March break, NPS social workers and school counselors will be available to work with students or staff who may have a difficult time processing fears and concerns they have. If you are concerned about your child, please reach out to your school principal for guidance.