October 24, 2023 Staff and Community Update: Statement from Superintendent Rogers on the Israel-Gaza Crisis

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October 24, 2023 Update: Staff and Community Update: Statement from Superintendent Rogers on the Israel-Gaza Crisis

At her October 24, 2023 press availability, Dr. Rogers (Yarbrough) shared the following remarks regarding the war in Israel and Gaza.

“I want to take a moment to talk about the crisis in Israel and Gaza and the significant impact it is having on BCPS students, staff, and families. I know that the terror, loss of life and turmoil has caused great fear and worry for many members of our local and global community, and it is critical that we come together to support one another and reaffirm our collective commitment to keeping our schools and offices safe and free of hate, antisemitism, islamophobia, and bias.

“I want to state clearly that hateful, racist, or discriminatory acts against any member of Team BCPS will not be tolerated and anyone who engages in such behavior will be dealt with swiftly. I have heard directly from Jewish and Muslim staff and stakeholders about their concerns, fears, and needs.  We are especially sensitive to their needs during these tumultuous times given the uptick in targeted attacks across the nation against members of these communities.

“Our counselors, school psychologists and administrators have done a phenomenal job supporting students and creating safe spaces for students and staff to process their thoughts and feelings about what is happening. We will continue to equip our teachers and building leaders with relevant and comprehensive resources to support our students, staff, and families. Our heartfelt thoughts remain with students, families, and staff members impacted by the violent and tragic events in Israel and Gaza.”

The resources below are intended to support families and staff in conversations regarding the crisis:

Resources for Educators

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