EGUSD confirms employee involved in confederate flag controversy no longer works for the district

In an email sent out by the Elk Grove Unified School District on Friday, the district confirmed the unnamed employee is no longer working for the school district.

Dear Elk Grove Unified Students, Parents and Families,

On August 12th, all Elk Grove Unified schools will be open for full-time, in-person instruction. In preparation, we revised our COVID-19 Safety Plan and we welcome your feedback on it. Our promise for maintaining safe and positive learning environments also means that all students have a right to attend school free of bullying, intimidation and discrimination and we want our students who identify as Black and African American to know that every school has people they can rely on to create a safe space. We bring awareness to this because during the summer, we learned about an employee who had placed a Confederate flag in a district van. This behavior was unacceptable and that employee no longer works for Elk Grove Unified. We also took appropriate action with employees who did not stand up to report this intolerable behavior. We want everyone—students and staff—to make good choices and make our schools safe learning environments and remind everyone that if you see something, say something.

The incident first came to light when a parent in the EGUSD took a photo of a district operated van that showed a confederate flag poking out from an air vent in the van. The district issued a statement on July 2, 2021 on the incident.

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