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Like so many of you, I watched the conviction of the ex-police officer who murdered George Floyd in Minnesota with sadness over the loss of a life, but also with renewed resolve that we owe it to each other to make the most of this tragedy. Now is the time for us to come together as a family, a school community, a city, and fight the good fight so that one day, we all see each other as fellow human beings living our lives as best we can.

If not now, when?

This will not be an easy road. But I would argue that our family at NOLA Public Schools is in a perfect position to take the first steps. Overcoming the evils of racism starts with preparing our children to strive for a just and equitable future.

As I said in March when we launched our commemoration of the 180th anniversary of public education in New Orleans, I have made equity for all our students the central goal of my tenure as Superintendent of Schools.

This means giving every child, regardless, of culture, means, color, or creed, the tools they need to achieve greatness; to become informed, strong, just, civic-minded leaders of tomorrow.

At NOLA-PS, we have embarked on several initiatives to move in the right direction. Our strategic planning for the next four years is underway, and we have made that process more transparent and inclusive than ever. We’ve created numerous pathways – focus groups, community surveys, public forums and an Ideas Bank – to collect your thoughts on what you want to see from your public school community. Your voice matters. Go to nolapublicschools.com/nola-ps-strategic-planning to join the conversation.

We have brought on Beloved Community to perform a deep dive into our culture at NOLA-PS with the goal to find hopeful ways to promote awareness and racial equity among our own staff.

And we are engaging our schools to support their needs so that they can tend to their students and families challenged by poverty, hunger, and violence every day. These difficulties will not go away when this pandemic ends, and we must be there for our most vulnerable children, to shelter them, to re-engage them with learning, now and in the days ahead.

In the meantime, I encourage you all to keep safe, get vaccinated, mask up in public and engage in all the necessary safety measures so that we can finally beat COVID-19 and return to the hugs and handshakes we all know our teachers and students have dearly missed these past few months.

The finish line is on the horizon. We will get through this, together.

In Service,

Dr. Henderson Lewis, Jr.

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NOLA Public Schools. Every Child. Every School. Every Day.

2401 Westbend Parkway
New Orleans, Louisiana 70114

Phone: 504-304-3520

Hotline Number for Parents
504-527-KIDS

School-based issues or concerns from parents

24-hour Hotline Number for Community
504-522-HELP
District based community concerns, feedback, & inquiries from school staff or community members