I am sorry to inform you that a father from our community, Keith Perry (Coach K), from Harvey Milk Civil Rights Academy passed away on Friday, March 31. He passed in the early morning due to a heart attack.
Coach K was the father to Angel, one of our 3rd grade students. He was also the father to Coach Antoine and the Father-in-law to Ms. Antonae.
Death can be difficult for us to understand, especially when it is sudden. We may feel a variety of emotions: shock, sadness, or confusion. What is most important is that we care for and support each other.
The Crisis Response Team at HMCRA has made plans to respond to the emotional needs of all students. We are working as a team and have counselors and staff on site to support our students. Students in grades 2-5 will be informed on Monday morning within their classrooms and staff members will be available to provide support as needed. We will be organizing a celebration of his life to occur at school soon, and you can expect more information in the near future.
If your family has experienced a death or similar loss recently, the death of Coach K may bring up feelings about that death. While this may be a normal experience, we want to provide assistance if needed. Please let your child’s teacher know if there is any additional information the school should be aware of so we can provide the support your child needs. This difficult time can be stressful and confusing. A sudden death may be disturbing to you as well as to your child. It is for this reason that we especially want you to know of our care and support.
It is crazy to think that there are only 8 weeks left for the 2016-2017 school year. As a staff, we will be busy continuing our work to make sure our students are ready for their next grade level, while also making sure that we are planned and ready for the next school year. At the same time, parents and guardians are busy trying to prepare schedules and coverage for 12 weeks without school for their children. So much happens during these next 8 weeks for all of us, that it is easy for us to forget to slow down and acknowledge each other. It is important for all of us to recognize the value in each of us taking the time to acknowledge each others’ presence and existence. Sawubona. It is an African Zulu greeting that means “I see you.” It means more than our “hello.”. It says, “I see your personality and your humanity. I see your dignity and respect.
Please fill out the important SQII Family Survey by Friday, May 5. It is part of the School Quality Improvement Index (SQII) and is one way the SFUSD and the State of California are measuring the Culture and Climate of our Harvey Milk Civil Rights Academy.