June 19th Message to families
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