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"Togetherness" - A Letter from the Superintendent

June 5, 2020

Dear LMTSD Students, Staff, and Families,

The Lower Moreland community has faced much adversity over the last several months as all families have dealt with the realities of the COVID-19 pandemic. From the closure of schools, to the steep downturn in our economy and resulting impact on jobs, to measures implemented to try to keep everyone healthy. Our lives have been turned upside down. Messages of hope and unity have shown us how we can get through this pandemic together.

However, today I am writing with a heavy heart recognizing the events that have unfolded throughout our country in the wake of the death of George Floyd. In witnessing the events unfolding across our country, it is evident that much anger, fear, and pain exists. These events illustrate just how much work remains for all of us in creating an inclusive environment for our students and our community. As a safe and supportive school community, we value everyone and believe that our differences make us stronger and more resilient. Many of our students and staff are finding these tragic and unjust events difficult to process. Please know that you are not alone. Talking about violence, racism, and traumatic events can be difficult for families. As a school community, it is imperative that we reach out to one another and show the compassion, empathy, and respect that everyone deserves. I want our students, staff, and families to know that we support you.

Additionally, as I mentioned in my newsletter this month, the recent events have demonstrated our district’s continued need to have a set of shared core beliefs along with a mission and vision in order to carry them out. In partnership with various stakeholders that included: students, staff, families, and LM community members, the Lower Moreland Township School District first established these very important elements last year as part of its five-year strategic plan. I encourage everyone to revisit these important elements as we continue to support our students and community.

As a District, we are committed to serving all students and families, staff, and members of our community. We will continue to celebrate each individual, while honoring and valuing everything that makes them who they are. We hope we can contribute to the processes of healing and change while growing our sense of togetherness.

Sincerely,

Scott Davidheiser, Ed.D.
Superintendent