Board of Education
Statement from the ECPPS Board of Education
The Elizabeth City –Pasquotank Board of Education continues to support the underlying promise of public education and recognizes that these past few months have been challenging for all of us. The COVID-19 global pandemic, and the ensuing restrictions and shut downs, have added stress to our lives; yet we are persevering. We are experiencing the disproportionate impact of the pandemic on communities of color coupled with the systemic instances of violence against those same communities. The recent death of George Floyd is the latest example of longstanding systemic racism and injustice against communities of color. We all need support in the discourse of our own self-examination and self-reflection.
We, the members of the Board of Education, as millions of demonstrators and supporters around the world, acknowledge that systemic injustice continues and without acknowledgment there is no starting place for resolution. The need for the infusion of multiculturalism, cultural competency and non-biased history courses in our educational institutions continues to be evident to all of us. We support our educators to encourage expressions of different and varied points of view. We respect all lives and support the proposition that Black lives matter and deserve their right to “life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.” We are committed to educate our children in schools that are devoid of racism, hatred and division. We stand in solidarity with all people who passionately believe in those powerful words ”One Nation under God with Liberty and Justice for All.”