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Parent Resources: Talking to Your Children About Race

Dear West Orange School Community,


In light of recent events throughout the world our district has realized that we need to go beyond celebrating diversity in our schools and renew our commitment to equity in our strategic plan. We must continue our conversations about race that include examining our practices and removing obstacles that contribute to systemic inequities. Most importantly, we cannot remain silent. As a school community, we are here for each other and more than ever we need to reach out to our friends and neighbors and show the compassion, empathy and humanity everyone deserves. 


It is challenging to connect and provide emotional support in the same way during distance learning, but our counselors, social workers and psychologists continue to work hard to provide support to our students. We want to also provide resources to parents to navigate questions that your children may be asking as well.  Below are some resources for parents.  Please contact your building administrator if you find that your child needs additional support.


How to talk to your children about protests and racism

How to talk to kids about race, privileged amid George Floyd protests

30 books to help you talk to your kids about racism

Anti-Racism for Kids: An Age-by-Age Guide to Fighting Hate

Teaching Tolerance's Beyond the Golden Rule

A Parent's Guide: Sesame Street  Standing up for Racism


Yours in service,

Dr. J. Scott Cascone

Superintendent of Schools