June 26 Letter from Interim Superintendent Mulvey

June 26 Message from Interim Superintendent Mulvey
Posted on 06/26/2020

June 26, 2020

 

Dear Quincy Public Schools Students, Parents, Staff, and Community Members:  

This week, I became aware that social media forums have been created for discussion about racism and schools, including our school district.  I have read many of the posts and would like the participants in these forums to know that I am listening to their concerns and reflecting upon how our school community can address them and move forward with positive change.  As Quincy Public Schools administrators and principals navigate important discussions around implicit bias, systemic racism, and social justice, we will be engaging all stakeholders, including parents, students, and staff.  

One of the steps we have taken is retaining the services of  VISIONS, Inc.  This non-profit organization was founded in 1984 and  provides professional development in the areas of diversity, equity, and inclusion.  VISIONS will provide this professional development to the Superintendent’s Leadership Team administrators, Principals, and Assistant Principals during the months of July and August.  Some of the  topics for this professional development include:  Guidelines for Effective Dialogue; Cultural Sharing; Multicultural Assumptions and Definitions; Historically Excluded and Historically Included Group Membership; and Dimensions of Change.  This is an important preparatory step in our mission to reach the entire school community and I hope to be able to extend this professional development to all staff.

Engaging family and student voices is crucial to this process.  Recently student and family survey results indicated that there is a great desire to build positive and inclusive school environments that promote respect, diversity, and equity.  In examining the impact of institutionalized racism on our school system, it is the district’s goal to provide a safe, supportive, and inclusive school community.   Each one of us is responsible for how we can make a difference every day.  This is a journey that is sure to bring many challenges, but I am confident that positive change will be the reward.   This work will require everyone to participate in difficult and uncomfortable conversations.  It is my hope that together we can support each other throughout this process and in the end become a closer and stronger community.

Please be assured that I will remain in constant communication with you during this process.  I welcome any questions or concerns you may have via email at kevinmulvey@quincypublicschools.com or by phone at 617-984-8766.  

Sincerely,


Kevin W. Mulvey, JD

Interim Superintendent of Schools