A message from Superintendent Dr. Marie Wiles:
Dear Guilderland Central School District Community,
I am writing today from a place of outrage and sadness. The events of this past week with the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis and the resulting violence have cut deep for our country and our community. What we have seen is a result of the very real issue of racism and inequality in our country that can no longer be ignored.
In Guilderland, our mission is to prepare our children to meet the challenges and opportunities of their future, and that includes not tolerating acts of hate, discrimination and injustice. We want our children to be good citizens and stand up against racism, wherever and whenever it is encountered. We are continuing to explore ways to include this education and conversation in our schools and with our students.
During this difficult time please know that we are thinking of you and your children. We are committed to listen and learn so we can do our part to address and fix inequalities in our systems. While we have taken steps to celebrate diversity and foster inclusion in our schools, we acknowledge that there is still a lot of work to be done. Please know we take very seriously our responsibility to ensure all our students, families and educators feel safe, respected and accepted no matter their race or gender.
Please stay safe and healthy during this incredibly difficult time. The fabric of our school community is built on kindness, compassion, and humanity; we need to support one another now more than ever. Our principals and school counselors are here if your family needs resources or additional support.
Dr. Marie Wiles