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Superintendent's Update

January 2021

Dear Monrovia Unified School District Community,
 
Thank you for continuing to partner with us as we continue to create curricular, co-curricular, and emotional support systems on virtual platforms for our students. January has been a busy month and this newsletter provides some updates we hope will be helpful to you.
 
On January 13th, Monrovia Unified’s Board of Education adopted a resolution supporting “A National Day of Racial Healing,” which emphasizes a commitment to work to heal the wounds created by discrimination. The resolution, adopted in conjunction with other districts throughout the country, acknowledges the Tuesday following Martin Luther King Jr. Day as the “National Day of Racial Healing,” and urges community members to promote racial healing and transformation, and to work together to ensure the quality of life for every child.
 
On January 20th, the inauguration of our country’s new president and vice president presented us all with important lessons. This year’s inauguration was a historic event. Our students were able to see and experience the celebration of democracy and most notably, observe as our nation’s first female, first Black and Asian-American vice president be sworn in.

At Monrovia Unified, one of our mission statements is to challenge our students to be productive members and leaders in their community and in their own lives, and we hope that the events of January 20th inspired them to do just that.
 
Though we are still faced with many uncertainties, Monrovia Unified remains hopeful. We miss seeing our students on campus and I know our students are feeling the impact of being away from school, their peers, and teachers, as well.
 
The social-emotional well-being of students is a priority at Monrovia Unified. Our resources are updated regularly and can be found on our website and distance learning platform. Through our partnership with CareSolace and D’Veal Family and Youth Services, our students, families, and staff have access to vetted Mental Health Care Services by phone or online.

Additionally, Monrovia Unified’s “Parent Access to Healing Supports” group and” Special Training Resources Opportunities Networking” group meet once a month through Zoom, giving our parents the opportunity to discuss how to better support each other and their children during these unprecedented times. You can find more information about these meetings on the District’s Parent Support page.
 
We know that hope and change is on the way. Please continue to practice all health and safety guidelines and stay safe.
 
Sincerely,
 
Dr. Katherine Thorossian
 
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