District Commitment to Equality
August 28, 2020
Dear Oak Grove Staff and Community,
We are distraught after another senseless shooting of a Black American, Jacob Blake. This devastating time has highlighted the pain and fear that fellow human beings of the Black community face every day. It is difficult, painful, and frustrating and we must do better as a nation, as a school district, and as a community. That begins with listening in earnest, learning from the past and taking action to fight for racial equality.
We are seeing young adults from within professional sports making bold statements by cancelling games and postponing playoffs. Citizens across our country are demonstrating against this senseless violence. We want to take this moment to reaffirm our commitment to racial equality. Thank you for entrusting your young children to us, a responsibility that guides and inspires every decision we make. We believe in our mission ‘to ensure that every child’s potential is achieved’, this holds true now more important than ever.
Our district and education system can be an agent for change, right here within our schools. Through equitable educational experiences that instill students with awareness and lessons of kindness, humanity, and equality for every human being. We solidified that responsibility on June 18, 2020 when our Board of Trustees adopted Resolution No. 1358-06/20, Denouncing Racism and White Supremacy, and Supporting Equity, Wellbeing and Safety of Black People and that #BlackLivesMatter.
Together, we must denounce racism and racial discrimination in all its forms. There is much work to be done to ensure that all children, staff, and community members feel safe and acknowledged without racial bias in our schools, cities, and beyond. Here are some ways you can engage in conversations at home about Race and Racism with your children.
Talking to Young Children about Race and Racism
- Foster meaningful conversations about race, racism, and being anti-racist from PBS, click here
- Anti-Racism videos to share with children from We are Teachers
- Books to help support conversations about race with children, click here
- Young adult social justice book list, click here.
We stand in solidarity with the Black community in declaring that Black Lives Matter.
José L. Manzo
Welcome to the 2020-2021 School Year
August 5, 2020
Dear Parents and Staff,
Public education and personal lives were disrupted in March 2020, and our lives have not been the same since. Since March, we have all focused on staying safe and healthy. I assure you, Oak Grove School District has placed unrelenting focus on student and staff safety, and ensuring an effective Distance Learning plan is in place.
OGSD students’ first day of school is Wednesday August 12. If you have not already received communication from your school with specifics such as start time, duration, and other instructions, you can contact the school directly and check the school website. On August 10 and 11, we will deploy an individual Chromebook for every student and provide internet access to qualifying families. Details about distribution will come to you from the school principal. As a parent, you have the option of using your own device for your child(ren), but must notify your school if this is your preference. This will ensure all students have the appropriate tools for distance learning.
Pandemic or no pandemic, OGSD believes every student’s potential must be achieved. Linked here are key factors we’ve included in the Distance Learning Plan. Families have access to technology support and students will receive daily interaction with their assigned teacher. Unlike last year’s distance learning, attendance will be taken every day and grades will be issued to assigned work given to students by their teacher(s).
Please help your child by designating a quiet space at home where they can concentrate and engage with their teacher and classmates. This is a difficult time for students and it is important we all work together and provide students with encouragement. We are all anxious to return to the classroom, and we will monitor COVID-19 guidance closely along with communication provided from city and state officials.
We appreciate your patience during these challenging times. To continue to receive updates, follow us on Facebook, Twitter, or www.ogsd.net for communications like this and up to the minute information.
This year is unlike any year any of us has experienced, but together we can be successful and make it memorable for our students. Please reach out to your teacher, school, district, and community support systems. We are all in this together.
José L. Manzo
"Education can change the world, and we have an opportunity to contribute to that change at our schools and with our students. I am confident that by working together we can build inclusive, innovative and strong communities to provide our students with an excellent educational experience. Welcome to Oak Grove School District!"