The increased acts of overt racism and intolerance reported in schools across our country call upon all of us to be ever more vigilant in making certain all students feel welcomed and safe in our schools.
The outcome of the presidential election demonstrates a clear political divide among the American people. The job of all Americans now should be to heal that divide. As educators and members of the BASD community, our job is to make sure our children and students are not harmed by that divide.
I am reminded of President Lincoln’s words near the end of the Civil War, as he called on Americans to bind the nation’s divisions “with malice toward none, with charity for all”.
It’s unclear to me, whether or not as a nation, we will move forward with a spirit of charity and compassion for all.
What is clear to me is that our district will not tolerate acts of racism or any acts that denigrate our students, faculty and staff.
What is clear to me is that our district will move forward with a spirit of charity and compassion for all. Our commitment to Excellence through Equity and our insistence that all students have equitable access to learning will not change.
Public schools are the one place where children of all backgrounds come together. Public schools are even more important during times of national divide. Let’s take advantage of this challenging opportunity to help people come together “with malice toward none, with charity for all”
Dr. Joseph J. Roy
Bethlehem Area School District