Board of Education Statement on Racism – Monday, October 4, 2021
Throughout the past year and a half, Pittsford Central School District has been focused on keeping its community safe during a public health crisis. Recent events are a reminder that PCSD students’ physical, emotional, and psychological safety is, and must remain, a priority throughout our schools and our greater community.
The District plays a significant role in the development of every student that enters its school buildings. Our students spend an important portion of each day in the District’s care. The District willingly assumes responsibility for that care and holds ourselves accountable when mistakes are made inadvertently that disrupt it.
The District works hard to support and sustain every child’s continued growth and development. Joining in this noble effort are children’s families and friends, including the broader Pittsford community.
Together, the District reiterates its commitment to PCSD’s mission statement:
“The Pittsford Central School District community works collaboratively to inspire and prepare our students to be their best, do their best and make a difference in the lives of others.”
In that respect, PCSD commends our upstanding students who saw something and said something. Through their actions, they personified the District’s mission by calling out racism and reporting threats of violence in the community. In doing so, they played an essential role in keeping the community safe.
Although some of the recent incidents occurred outside schools – and as a result, outside of the District’s immediate control – PCSD recognizes the adverse and traumatic impact these acts have on our students and families. Feeling unwelcomed and unsafe in school is unacceptable. There is absolutely no room for racism or acts of hatred within the walls of PCSD’s schools or community.
Please be assured that any reported incident is thoroughly investigated, and appropriate disciplinary action is taken swiftly – as was the case last week and over the weekend. It’s imperative that the entire PCSD community joins the District to ensure the safety and well-being of our student body.
Please also know that PCSD’s code of conduct, equity policy, and core values outline the structures, behaviors, and protocols that the District expects from its students and families – and that students and families expect of their school District. The District encourages PCSD families to review District policies in light of recent events, and as this new school year begins.
Behaviors that violate PCSD’s policies will not be tolerated, and offenders will be held accountable.
For the District and its partners in education, a large part of ensuring all students are safe is educating students and families on PCSD’s commitment to equity and inclusion. For years, this has been at the top of the District’s agenda. PCSD has made considerable progress – though the District acknowledges more needs to be done and the community’s support is needed.
The District encourages you to be informed and engage with your children, friends and neighbors. Please join us at upcoming forums and constructively share your thoughts and ideas. It truly does “take a village” – and a town – to raise a child and the District welcomes your partnership.