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A Letter from Superintendent Dr. John J. Kopicki

Dear Central Bucks School District community,

The tragic death of George Floyd was undeniably upsetting, unacceptable, and wrong and has captured the nation’s attention. As educators we work every day, week, month, and year teaching our children that every American citizen has a guarantee to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. Further, we teach values of respect, dignity, patience, and a belief in civil discourse.

As educators we consistently strive to provide examples through action and lessons that diversity is a strength and the foundation that our country was built upon. We teach that kindness and reaching out to help others in our community is an expectation and a normal part of life. We encourage others to volunteer and make our neighborhoods, towns, and cities places of safe welcome. We celebrate our culture and differences across this beautiful country expressing our unique heritage and freedom.

It is moments like those in Minnesota that shock us into an understanding that as much as we work to teach all the appropriate qualities, we need to become better. We need to acknowledge the struggle, anger, and anguish our fellow African American citizens are experiencing and stand unified working together investing in honest dialogue that creates better understanding.

We cannot ignore the racism that we witness and instead need to stand beside our African American community members and demand better. It is the uncomfortable conversations we need to engage in to truly understand how we can deliver real equality, equity, and social justice. It is time we all stood together and shouted, “ENOUGH!”

The Central Bucks School District is a dedicated, caring, loving community of people that welcomes everyone. The Central Bucks Mission Statement states we will provide all students with the academic and problem-solving skills essential for personal development, responsible citizenship, and life-long learning.

We affirm this vision and accept our responsibility as a school district to continue working together to improve, engage in meaningful conversations on our strengths and weaknesses, seek to better understand the diverse concerns of every student, and sincerely listen as we move forward to create an even stronger educational system dedicated to meaningful change.

We believe in those American truths where we are one nation living and working together to make our world a better place for us and more importantly for our children. As Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. stated, “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly.”

We are all interconnected and must vehemently work together to eradicate injustices of every kind. The examples of our failure are all around us and their harm evident. These negative forces must not become acts that divide us but awakenings that pull us together to demand no more harm to any soul. We need to see ourselves in each other and realize every human being matters and everybody needs to band together to drive change.

If the values and beliefs we all profess as Americans mean anything, then our actions must resemble our words and create change so that America truly means freedom exists for everybody. In the end, if recent events have taught us anything, it was that every human being deserves life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness and all of us hold a responsibility to ensure these words are more than ink on paper.

Stay Well,

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John J. Kopicki, Ed.D.
Superintendent of Schools