(Fargo, ND) -- Fargo Public Schools is supporting its students and staff members by providing resources surrounding the trial of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin in his role in the death of George Floyd.

Under the advisement of Director of Equity and Inclusion Dr. Tamara Uselman, and drawing directly from University of Minnesota resources, FPS is equipping building administrators and staff members with advice and direction to help ensure all individuals in our schools feel supported.

FPS recognizes that students and staff may need additional emotional support in the lead up to the verdict and after the trial of Derek Chauvin for the death of George Floyd. Further, we understand the verdict may have a greater impact on students and staff of color. Information pulled from The Prevention, Wellness, and Training Committee of the Provost’s Council for Student Mental Health at the University of Minnesota suggests staff members:

  • Recognize and validate students’ emotional needs
  • Acknowledge their own self-limitations
  • Provide supports, as needed

Additionally, building principals will communicate to students and staff the importance of supporting each other’s emotional needs as part of a community of care. Age appropriate conversations will occur with students and with staff, as needed.

FPS believes diversity, equity, and inclusion are necessary for our District to meet its mission to “achieve excellence by educating and empowering all students to succeed.” We are committed to driving action, challenging ourselves, improving our systems, growing as a community, and providing resources to our students as we navigate society’s current events.