Dear South Orangetown Families and Staff,
Over the past year, throughout New York and across our nation, there has been a wave of hatred that has led to violent attacks against members of the Asian American and Pacific Islander community. We condemn these and all acts of racism and hate and stand in solidarity with our students, families, staff and community members of Asian American and Pacific Islander descent.
As a school district, our role is to educate and to protect the health and safety of our students and staff. Racism and hate are not just problems for those targeted; they threaten the safety and stability of entire communities. We have a shared responsibility to recognize and confront them.
SOCSD students are taught to be upstanders rather than bystanders, to speak up and stand up for one another. To report harassment, hazing, bullying or discrimination, students are encouraged to contact their school counselor, assistant principal or principal. Middle and high school students, as well as K-12 parents, may also use Anonymous Alerts, which is linked in the top menu on the District and every school homepage. In the event of an emergency outside of school hours when immediate assistance is needed, students and families should call 911. Please continue to encourage your children to be upstanders and review reporting contacts with them.
Our student support teams at each of our schools will be available as our schools reopen tomorrow to provide counseling and assistance to students and families who may be experiencing anxiety and fear in the wake of these attacks.
Thank you for your partnership and support.
Robert R. Pritchard, Ed.D.
Superintendent of Schools