A Message from Bill Gronseth, Superintendent 

The tragedy that occurred in Minneapolis involving the death of George Floyd is heart wrenching. It highlights once more the injustice, inequity and racism in our society and further emphasizes the need for systemic change throughout our country. This includes our Duluth Public Schools, and the ongoing work necessary to eliminate institutional barriers to educational opportunity. 

Our hearts are with the family of Mr. Floyd for their loss and with all who are hurting, frustrated, angry, fearful.  Most especially we are concerned for Duluth’s young people and how to help them through this time.

While efforts to support students are more difficult because we’re not together in our buildings please know that counselors and staff are available to help. We encourage young people who may be struggling or have questions during this challenging time to talk with a trusted adult. 

We're also sharing resources for talking with children about traumatic events and discussing race and racism.

Thank you for your partnership and for your support as we work together to support Duluth’s students.

MN Department of Education - How to Talk About Traumatic Events and Tragedies
Let’s Talk: Discussing Race, Racism and Other Difficult Topics with Students