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  • A Message from Superintendent, Dr. Nancy Lynch
    October 19, 2019


    Dear Parents and Guardians,
     
    Parent Survey - We Need 15 Minutes of Your Time!
    In 2018 we administered a parent survey to gain feedback and suggestions on our programs, school culture and climate. Additionally, our 5th and 7th grade students take the California Healthy Kids Survey every other year which informs us about their perceptions of school. All of this data comes together to help guide us in our decisions about programs and services offered to students. Feedback from the 2018 parent survey helped to provide focus areas for our Strategic Plan.
     
    This year, we are partnering with YouthTruth, a national non-profit, to help us gather feedback from you on what we are doing well and how we can improve. We will email you a link to this survey on October 28 and you will have until November 8 to provide your feedback. The survey should only take approximately 15 minutes to complete. One parent per family will be able to provide responses for each of your children. The surveys are anonymous and will be combined with responses from other parents/guardians throughout the district.
     
    It is important to note that our students and teachers will also be taking a survey designed specifically for their group. The data from all 3 survey groups will be provided to the district for us to review trends and gather very useful information that will help to inform our planning and decision making.
     
    Equity Resources for Families:
     
    Halloween Costumes and Cultural Appropriation:
    As Halloween is approaching, our teachers and principals have engaged in meaningful discussions around the topic of Halloween costumes and how some costumes may be insensitive or offensive toward another person's culture, race or religion. They have viewed and discussed My Culture is not Your Costume
     
    Each school will communicate with parents directly about rules for students wearing costumes at school on Halloween. We ask that any costumes worn at school not be insensitive or offensive toward others based on culture, race, or religion.
     
    This recent article may provide additional perspective to consider.
     
    Parent Resources:
    Workshops for Parents & Guardians: How to Bully-Proof Children in their Lives and the Digital World on October 29th at the Marin County Office of Education. Learn more.
     
    Kind regards,
     
    Nancy Lynch, Ed.D.
    Superintendent
    Reed Union School District
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