Dear Frontier Regional and Union 38 Families,
The recent events going on in the country give us pause to consider how these events and the media’s coverage of them are affecting our children.
As David Gergen of the Massachusetts Association of School Superintendents stated, “The norms and cultures of respect and tolerance in our country are being significantly challenged and that our youngsters may be most negatively affected.”
Tom Scott, the executive director of the Massachusetts Association of School Superintendents, cautioned, “Our children are seeing and hearing much of the negative activity and discourse through media. Educators need to create psychologically safe place for students to process and make meaning of the mean spirited actions of those who express hate.”
In my opening day speech to our teachers and staff, I have asked them to “consciously build a climate of mutual respect and appreciation of differences. Our schools must be ‘nests’ for our young children and older students who, too, are grappling with current events - our schools need to be ‘safe houses’ of mutual respect.”
The hope is that we can work together to help our children make sense of what is happening in the world today by instilling in them the principles on which our country was founded. As an educational organization, we value respect, decency, empathy, and caring.
Thank you for your continued support of our schools.
Lynn M. Carey, Ed.D.
Superintendent of Schools