District Statement: The violent January 6 attack on our Nation’s Capitol, one that threatened our democracy and took five lives, has captured the attention every American, including all of us in the Nyack Public Schools. We recognize that children may be particularly traumatized and experience difficulty in processing all that has taken place; at the same time we support students’ desires to understand and analyze these unprecedented events in proper historic and sociopolitical contexts, and are committed to providing a safe space for such discussions.
Dr. Gregory, Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum & Instruction; along with Dr. Connally, Director of Equity, Inclusion and Innovation; have gathered various resources in an effort to support our staff and parents when responding to our students’ questions and engaging in thoughtful conversations. As stated in a recent article in Education Week, “what makes teaching about this insurrection on Capitol Hill especially complicated is that it’s not a spontaneous event, but rather the product of multiple factors and trends: political polarization, a disintegrating news infrastructure and the rise of social media, a backlash to recent discourse about criminal justice, and racism, among many things.”
Complicated issues require community input, collaboration, and an equity lens that examines how these events may have affected each of our students differently—all three of which go to the heart of our district’s mission. As with every other challenging event of the past year, we will learn together and support each other.
We invite you to visit our webpages on from our Curriculum Office and Equity Office and review the resources that are available. Our school counselors are available to provide additional support should your child need assistance. We stand with you in assisting our students in gaining an understanding and appreciation of our democratic society the responsibilities of the individual citizen.