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A statement from the Watauga County Board of Education and Superintendent Scott Elliott regarding racism and violence

A statement from the Watauga County Board of Education and Superintendent Scott Elliott:

As we continue to plan for the coming school year, we are prepared to support the social and emotional needs of our students. Many students will return to school in the fall filled with excitement, uncertainty, anxiety, relief, and even trauma based on their experiences the last few months. The Watauga County Board of Education and its staff are deeply saddened by the most recent event which occured in Minneapolis and its effect on people all around our country. We are especially concerned about the impact these events have on all our children. Through the goals of our strategic plan, the Watauga County Schools deliberately place the highest value on the health and wellbeing of our students, the fostering of positive school culture, and the modeling of integrity and equity for our students. There is no place in our society or our schools for racism, hate, violence, or discrimination. Heading into what could be a very tumultuous fall, it is our responsibility to ensure that every student is protected and that all students know they are loved. They are our future elected leaders, health care professionals, law enforcement officers, teachers, and artists. We will model for them the integrity and high standards expected in a civil society.