Dear Pelham Community,
The events that occurred in Washington today are truly mind boggling. American citizens have the right to protest peacefully, but the violence, chaos and lawless behavior that occurred today serving to disrupt the democratic process must be condemned in the strongest possible terms.
As a school district, we strive to teach our students to be respectful, law abiding citizens who are prepared to engage in civil discourse and participate in our democracy. Storming the U.S. Capitol and intentionally disrupting the sacred tradition of a peaceful transfer of power, are in stark contrast to those ideals.
We recognize that the images on the news will be difficult for many to absorb and will elicit questions from our students trying to make sense of what is happening. Please know that our faculty, school counselors and clinicians are prepared to speak with students as necessary. I would also like to share two resources that you may find helpful in speaking with your children about these issues:
- How to Speak to Your Children About Difficult News - The American Psychological Association
- How to Speak to Your Children About the News - KidsHealth
We live in difficult times, with a raging pandemic and deeply divided political landscape. We cannot let violence, chaos, and disrespect for one another and the democratic process define who we are as a country. We are far better than this and I remain hopeful that our best days are ahead.
Cheryl H. Champ, Ed. D.
Superintendent of Schools