Leavenworth USD 453 - Unity Statement

Leavenworth USD 453 - Unity Statement

Leavenworth USD 453 - Unity Statement

Thursday, June 4, 2020


The Leavenworth Unified School District believes the quality of life in a community depends on the education of its citizens. We believe the quality of schools depends on the partnerships and support provided by its community.  When anyone within our community hurts, grieves, or suffers - as educators, we have a unique opportunity to participate in daily conversations with our students and staff to seek understanding, find common ground, and work towards making things better.  Racial injustices, public health fears, economic hardships, and social-emotional and mental health issues, top the list of the issues causing great stress, anxiety, and frustration throughout the country.     


We are living through a period of great unrest and uncertainty, magnified by the fact that we have been unable to physically connect as a school community since we unexpectedly transitioned to Continuous Learning in March 2020.  We don’t yet know what the start of the 2020-21 school year will look like, or what specific adjustments or requirements will be put in place.  We also don’t know if the ending of the 20-21 year will be anything similar to what we just experienced.  District leadership is preparing multiple scenarios to facilitate the safe return of students and staff this August, at a time local, state, and national guidance seems to change on a weekly basis.  In short, our collective new normal has not yet been fully formed or defined.          


What we do know with great certainty, is that Leavenworth is a diverse community, full of individuals and resources willing to learn from one another and partner to offer ongoing support to our students, families, and staff members during times of need.  USD 453 does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, gender, age, religion, marital status, gender orientation, veteran status, handicap, sex, or any other legally protected status in admission or access to, or treatment or employment in, its programs and activities.  Every one of us has a unique perspective and life experience to share, and our staff is committed to treating one another and our students with dignity and respect regardless of our difference in thoughts and backgrounds.    


None of us are perfect, but together, we can learn from one another, listen with compassion, and emerge stronger.  As a truly unified school district, we stand ready to continue to build and strengthen community partnerships to not only help us prepare our students for success, but to ensure a safe and secure environment for teaching, learning, and healing.