Dr. López Letter to Families and Community 6/1/20

June 1, 2020 

Dear GISD Families and Community:

The recent, shocking murders of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, and countless more have caused much pain and suffering in our community, state, and across the nation, reopening wounds that never seem to heal with each new injustice. Each name touches us in a deep and personal way and highlights the palpable challenges our brothers and sisters of color continue to face.

 As we all deal with our own anger and hurt, and as parents try to explain to their children why and how, yet again, this has happened, please know that you are not alone.

We stand with you. We cry with you. If you are a student who wants to talk, we are here to support you. If you are a parent who needs guidance talking with children, we can provide assistance. To request virtual counseling support, complete this form. To request support via phone, call 972-379-8883, or to view support resources, go to garlandisd.net/counseling.

These are dark and heart-breaking times. But we cannot lose our faith and hope in one another.

Garland ISD continues to stand in support of those who have been marginalized, victimized, or threatened. Our voice, indeed our passion, lies in our commitment to eliciting the best for the diverse community we serve. We know that we are truly better together.

The bonds of the Garland ISD community are as strong as our commitment to each other. We will not back away from the pursuit of equity that we have established with hiring practices, innovative programs for all children, school choice, and the College4All initiative. To learn more about equity efforts in Garland ISD, please watch our Better Together video.

Our actions as a district will continue to affirm our belief that a child’s brilliance and worth is not determined by zip code or wealth — and certainly not the color of their skin. All of our students shine brightly.

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. taught that, “Darkness cannot drive out darkness: Only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: Only love can do that.” Our team is unified and steadfast in its pledge to you; we shall continue to overcome injustice and suffering together, casting out the darkness with light at every turn.

Stronger together,

Ricardo López, Ed.D.
Garland ISD Superintendent

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