A Message From the Superintendent
Dear Lancer Families,
Over the last few weeks, we have all watched the events in Minneapolis with angst about the impending verdict in the trial of Derek Chauvin. It has been the focus of the nation, and now that it has come to a close, as a nation, we can turn our attention toward mending the damage that the death of George Floyd has caused. This is not an easy process. The wounds are deep, the work will be hard, and there are no short-term solutions.
In East Irondequoit, we are committed to the care and education of our students and we realize how important it is that students and families feel welcome, safe and valued. Since the fall of 2019, we have been holding regular Diversity and Equity Committee meetings with staff and community members to better understand the steps that need to be taken to make sure our practices reflect these beliefs. If you would like to be a part of that work, we invite you to join.
East Irondequoit is a unique and special place, one that is dedicated to equality and inclusion. We understand that the events of the last year related to race and injustice, while coupled with a pandemic, are overwhelming for our students and we want to maintain a safe space to care for and support them in any way possible. We are fortunate to have wonderful counselors in all of our schools who are trained to listen and help. Please do not hesitate to encourage your student(s) to speak to someone if they need to. Additionally, we are including some links to resources that may help at home with these conversations.
Talking to Kids About Fear and Violence (Mental Health America): https://mhanational.org/talking-kids-about-fear-and-violence
Age-Related Reactions to a Traumatic Event (The National Child Traumatic Stress Network): https://www.nctsn.org/sites/default/files/resources//age_related_reactions_to_traumatic_events.pdf
Talking to Children About Violence: Tips for Parents and Teachers: https://www.nasponline.org/resources-and-publications/resources-and-podcasts/school-climate-safety-and-crisis/school-violence-resources/talking-to-children-about-violence-tips-for-parents-and-teachers