Leadership from the West Des Moines Community Schools released a letter to families in the district addressing the verdict of the Derek Chauvin case.
The district said it has witnessed “outrage, anger, fear and a demand for change” for nearly a year since George Floyd died.
“Black Lives Matter,” the letter says. “We saw this in media coverage, at local marches and in the hallways and classrooms of our schools.”
As for the verdict, the district said it does not provide closure to what took place. It also does not “heal the countless racial inequities that happen on any given day.”
“We must continue to stand together as a WDMCS community, and have tough conversations as we seek to heal,” the letter states.
The letter includes links families can use for support.