A Message from the Chappaqua Central School District

January 7, 2021

Dear Chappaqua Central School District Families,

Yesterday, January 6, 2021, marked a historic moment in our country, where the primacy of our constitutional freedom of self-government was both challenged and reaffirmed. Despite an insurrection, the storming of the US Capitol, and tragic violence, the 117th Congress nevertheless continued the Electoral College count in the over 200-year-old constitutional process of peaceful transition of presidential power. Our children need to know that this violence does not represent our values, that our institutions are strong, and that we will continue to support them as they become educated and active citizens in our democratic process.

We know that many of our students are thinking about, and are having difficulty processing, what happened yesterday. For some of our students, this is an emotional as well as an intellectual experience. We understand that students will be impacted differently based on their personal experiences, and with this in mind, we will be supporting our students and staff by taking the following steps in the days ahead:

  • Dr. Adam Pease, Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction, hosted meetings this morning for all staff to provide pedagogical guidance.
  • Our secondary principals will directly address what happened with all students.
  • Our principals will hold Emergency Response Team (ERT) meetings to ensure that we are meeting the needs of our students and staff as the day unfolds.
  • Our professional development team has amassed and shared an extensive resource bank with our faculty to help guide their work, including targeted resources for our social studies teachers.
  • Mr. Phillip Marcus, Director of Equity, Inclusion and Wellness, will offer voluntary community circles for our staff and high school students, as well as affinity groups for our BIPOC staff and BIPOC high school students.
  • Our administrative and counseling staff will be available to assist you should your child need individualized support.

We would also like to share two resources for your consideration to support conversations at home with your children: Talking to Your Kids About Chaos and Responding to Tragedy.

Let this event serve as a reminder to all of us of how important our educational institutions are in shaping the next generation of principled Americans and informed global citizens. Our continued partnership is critical, and is the stability our students need, during this important moment in our nation’s history.

Sincerely,

Victoria Bayard Tipp
Board of Education President

Christine Ackerman, PhD
Superintendent of Schools