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We Stand Together - A Letter from the Superintendent of Schools

March 22, 2021

Dear Manhasset School Community,

Recently, we have seen a disturbing increase in the number of hate crimes and use of hurtful and targeted speech against members of the Asian American community within our country. We condemn these recent acts and the actions of any individual or group that stands in contrast to our belief that each and every one of us - regardless of gender, sexual orientation, race, ethnicity or religion – is entitled to be treated with respect and dignity. 

I am also deeply saddened and troubled as these attacks have left many members of our community feeling anxious, scared and angry. Our district stands in full support of our Asian American community.

Over the past several years the district has taken steps to promote diversity, equity and inclusivity within our schools. This work will continue as there is no room for acts of violence, hate or discrimination against anyone. Over the coming weeks we will begin to elicit volunteers for the various sub-committees of the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusivity Task Force. 

This ongoing effort is focused on examining ways to engage our students, faculty, staff, and community in thoughtful dialogue to better understand different races, cultures and affiliations so that every student and staff member feels welcomed, valued and celebrated within our schools. 

We also recognize that many of our students may be feeling uneasy during this time. Please know that our staff of social workers, counselors and school psychologists are here to support students who may be experiencing difficult emotions related to the recent attacks. Please reach out to our staff should your child need support:

Elementary Counseling Information

Middle School Counseling Information

High School Counseling Information

Sincerely yours,
Dr. Vincent Butera
Superintendent of Schools