By Seth Daniel
The Revere Public Schools and Mayor Brian Arrigo have sent a letter home to all parents in the schools reassuring them that, despite the national political climate, children will be safe, welcomed and included in the City’s schools.
“With the climate in Boston and Revere and at Logan Airport over the weekend, we decided it was time for people to really know where we stood,” said Supt. Dianne Kelly.
The letter was sent home with students on Monday, Jan. 30.
The short letter included four paragraphs and acknowledged that the school system understands that parents and students might be going through a time of uncertainty or fear.
“We write today to reassure you that regardless of how you came to be a member of the Revere Public Schools community, we are here to support you,” read the letter. “Over the years, we have celebrated diversity and embraced the richness that it brings to the classroom and to our own lives. One of the ways we have measured our schools’ success has been by assessing how safe, welcomed, and included all of our students and families feel. This will not change.
“We recognize the uneasiness and isolation many of you are experiencing due to the current political climate,” he said. “Be assured that we in the Revere Public Schools are focused on providing every single student with the best education possible in an environment that embraces individuality and diversity, and at the same time, unity.”
Revere High Principal Lourenco Garcia said many of the students at the high school are distracted by the events, especially those who are from countries on a travel ban list released by President Donald Trump last weekend.
“They may not be saying anything about it, but we are well aware that many of our students are worried about family and friends,” he said. “They are not able to completely focus right now. It’s very difficult.”
The letter indicates that if any student requires help in navigating their situation, the schools are ready to help. School adjustment counselors, guidance counselors and the rest of the staff are at the ready, the letter read, to help students find resources they need to “manage feelings of unease or exclusion.”
Both Kelly and Mayor Arrigo reiterated that nothing will make them waiver from their moral imperative of acting on the best interests of students.