Conversations on Race

West Irondequoit stands to support its students, families and staff coping with the tragic death of George Floyd, and the turmoil of the community, and the additional stress of the COVID-19 pandemic. We cannot be silent during this time, but must find ways to make meaning of this with our children and with each other in order to make our school and community a better place for everyone. Below are some "Tips to engage Children in Conversation:"

• Start by checking in
• Validate their feelings
• Listen, and ask questions about how they feel
• Do your best to acknowledge their fears and worries
• Encourage questions, and don’t worry if you don’t have all the answers
• Keep the conversation open
• Use resources to help along the way

Resources for parents from the 
American Psychological Association:

Resources from the Center for Urban Education Success

CUES supports the University of Rochester/East High School Partnership and Urban Schools Nationwide

· Tips for Talking to Your Kids About Privilege and Racism in the Wake of George Floyd’s Death 

· How Black and White Families are Talking About Racism in a Time of Reckoning

· How White Parents can Talk to Their Kids About Race