Dear BHUSD Community,
As the Superintendent of Beverly Hills Unified, a resident of Beverly Hills, and a human in the world, the pivot yesterday from a peaceful protest to violence and vandalism was heartbreaking. I stand in support of racial equality. I stand with our City, our Police Department and our Fire Department. I denounce racism, it is unacceptable. The destruction that we see throughout America is not the answer. I understand how scared many of you are, this is terrifying for our students however, we will continue to band together as a community. I must acknowledge that many feelings right now are unavoidably heightened by the current global pandemic. Please do not let the escalation of anger we saw dilute the message that racism is never okay.
We are here for each and every one of our BHUSD Community, please reach out if we can support you in any way.
Governor Gavin Newsom has declared a state of emergency in Los Angeles County. All weekend I have been in direct contact with the Beverly Hills Police Department and today they have advised that all non-essential activities tomorrow be rescheduled out of an abundance of caution. Please look out for specific information from your school site for how this will directly impact you.
Looking further into the week, we will take one day at a time and continue to work hand in hand with BHPD.
Please stay safe.