A message from Dr. Wiles and DEI Director Matthew Pinchinat:
Dear GCSD Families,
As you may have seen in the news, yesterday a gunman killed 10 people and wounded three more in a shooting at a Buffalo supermarket. Most of the victims were Black; the shooter, who was taken into custody at the scene, is white. The FBI is investigating the shooting as a racially-motivated, hate crime.
We recognize that some Guilderland Central School District students may struggle after such a violent act. Tomorrow, GCSD school psychologists, counselors and social workers will be available to provide counseling and support to students. In addition, students are welcome to contact Matthew Pinchinat, Director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, via the bookmarked “A Space for You” Google form or email.
Your children may have questions or worries concerning this event. Discussing thoughts and feelings is important in helping them cope with difficult feelings. We have included some resources that may be helpful to discuss this incident.
We extend our deepest sympathies for the victims’ families and for all impacted by this horrific act of violence.
Marie Wiles, Ph.D Matthew Pinchinat
Superintendent Director of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion
Addressing racial injustice with young children (EmbraceRace)
Talking to your kids about racism (Unicef)
Talking to Children about Violence: Tips for Families and Educators (National Association of School Psychologists)
Talking to Children about Violence: Tips for Parents and Teachers (National Association of School Psychologists)
NASP Condemns Hate Speech and Violence, Calls on Schools to Reinforce Safe, Supportive School Environments for All Students (National Association of School Psychologists)
National Association of School Psychologists website
New York Association of School Psychologists website