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Important Message from the Superintendent of Schools

June 3, 2020

Dear Manhasset School Community,

I write to you reflecting on the events of the past several weeks and the unrest that our country is currently facing. The death of George Floyd and the events that have followed have forced many of us to re-examine the issue of racial injustice, offering us the opportunity to evaluate our own thoughts, feelings and actions.

We have much to be proud of here in Manhasset. Our district is enriched by our diversity and we welcome students of different races, nationalities and religions. I strongly believe our diversity contributes to the success of our schools and our students. It is our obligation as a school district to celebrate diversity, foster an inclusive environment, and ensure respect for all. We remain committed to these ideals. In Manhasset, there is no tolerance for hate, racism or violence.

During these challenging times, please know that our district’s faculty and staff, including our School Wellness team, consisting of counselors, social workers and psychologists are here to assist and support you. Please feel free to reach out should you wish to speak with someone or need additional resources in helping your children process what they may be seeing on television or online. We have also included some resources to help you talk with your children about these challenging times.

10 Ways to Talk to Kids About Events in the News

What To Say To Kids When The News Is Scary

How to Talk to Your Child About the News (for Parents) - Nemours KidsHealth

https://childmind.org/blog/talking-to-kids-about-george-floyd/

While we are not physically together at this time, please know that we care about each and every member of our school community and remain committed to supporting the social and emotional well-being of all.

Warmly,
Dr. Vincent Butera
Superintendent of Schools