At its meeting on Thursday, June 18, 2020, the Winona Area Public Schools Board of Education unanimously agreed to adopt the following statement of principle:
"The School Board of District 861 affirms the Superintendent’s letter of May 29, 2020. The Board joins the Superintendent in her pledge that we will wait no more. We join in her pursuit of equity to create a culture where all are safe, valued and validated, and to match our core values of excellence, kindness, respect, honesty and responsibility with what our families — all of our families — need and deserve. We hear now voices who feel that they have not been heard before. We will work together with our administration and staff to find ways to consistently elevate all voices in our school district and to improve the District for the benefit of all our students. We share with Superintendent Freiheit the hope that the community will stand with us, share with us, and walk with us as we embrace our role to nurture a Winona that is more inclusive of all."