Dear Waterloo Family,
In recent weeks, awareness surrounding race and social justice has been reignited. As we address these issues as a country and community, I write to reaffirm our administration’s commitment to promoting a safe educational environment and dignity for all students at Waterloo Central School District.
As a District in New York State, we are committed to supporting and protecting all of our students, not only because we are required under the Dignity for All Students Act (DASA) to provide every student with a safe and supportive environment free from discrimination, intimidation, and bullying in our schools, but even more importantly, because it is the right thing to do. The District remains committed to making every reasonable effort to comply with the duties charged to it under DASA and other relevant guidance. This starts with definitively stating that ignorance and intolerance have no place in schools. Our primary focus is always the safety and security of our students, which requires our schools to be free from prejudice.
Our schools continue to be places that embrace all students, which welcome, respect, and appreciate their differences. We also expect our schools to be a place where students of all backgrounds are openly embraced, cared, and loved for who they are and for who they will grow to become. Staff will assist each child to learn and grow into their own person, each a unique individual that will be celebrated and nurtured. We expect that kindness is a basic foundational principle of our District, demanding that we all treat each other with dignity and respect.
As a community, more needs to be done beyond the District satisfying its legal obligations under DASA. Policies promoting compassion, inclusivity, and fairness can be found in virtually any school handbook throughout New York State and beyond. Yet, recent events reveal how little progress has been made. Our administration urges each of us to engage in the process of honest self-reflection. Silence, inaction, and complacency will never solve the problem of social injustice. Real change begins with each of us, including a genuine acknowledgment and understanding of the problem. Education is the only way forward. We have a responsibility to teach our children how to be the change.
In consideration of what is at stake, we remain diligent in our efforts. We encourage you to do the same at home and in our community. Together, we can be the change.
The Waterloo Central School District Administration and Board of Education
Dear Waterloo Families,
My sincere and heartfelt thanks for the support of the Waterloo Community, especially during these trying times. Our school budget, bus and library propositions all passed by our Waterloo voters on Tuesday. Congratulations to incumbent Board of Education Member Erin Brown and new Board of Education Members Josh Mull and Raymond Grifa Jr.
Our community has continuously supported our school budgets during my four years as the Superintendent in Waterloo and for that, I am extremely grateful. We will continue to be fiscally responsible while providing a well-rounded instructional program for our students.
We received a record number of votes this year, it was wonderful to have so many residents vote! I appreciate all that the community has done to support our students over the past few months, especially our Senior Class of 2020. Your thoughtfulness and generous acts of kindness and caring will never be forgotten.
Thank you again for your support!
With Waterloo Pride,
The Waterloo Central School District realizes the extremely difficult and inconvenient times for our entire community affected by COVID-19. Section V interscholastic athletics have all been postponed until further notice.
Nevertheless, in an effort to prevent the further spread of the COVID- 19 virus, all student and parent-led practices on and off-campus are strongly discouraged at this time. In the event, we are unable to contain the spread of the COVID-19 or it worsens, we could be jeopardizing our entire spring season.
The Waterloo Central School District and its facilities are officially CLOSED. This includes all indoor and outdoor athletic facilities. We appreciate your cooperation and thank you for your support
IF YOU SHOULD NEED IMMEDIATE ASSISTANCE FOR EMOTIONAL HEALTH PLEASE:
-call or visit Comprehensive Psychiatric Emergency Program (CPEP) at Clifton Springs
-call Finger Lakes Lifeline 2-1-1
-contact the National Crisis Text Line by texting the word: HOME to 741-741
Developing Student Ownership & Creativity
The MISSION of the Waterloo Central School District is to provide a safe environment and educational programs that will provide opportunities for all members of the community to obtain a well-rounded education so they can be productive and successful in their personal and professional lives.
The VISION of the Waterloo Central School District is to become the best rural school in the heartland of New York. We will achieve this by focusing on high academic excellence by providing for ALL a variety of instructional strategies to meet individual needs for future success. This will be accomplished through "open communication," collegiality, an infusion of technology and an enlightened attitude toward teaching and learning. Students will become productive members by becoming successful citizens.