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RCSD Civility Statement, June 4, 2020

June 4, 2020

Dear Rye City School District Community,

As the events of the past few weeks have unfolded and protests and riots continue across the United States, it is clear that our country is in need of both healing and a willingness to discuss who we are and what we hope to be as a society.

The Rye City School District is committed to providing a school environment that is inclusive, just, and focused on equality for all. As such, it is incumbent upon us to begin a conversation that explores the issues of racism, inclusivity, equity, and community. This critically important discussion will not be easy and may be emotional for many of us. The Rye City School District is committed to creating the space and structure to begin these conversations. Our administrative team is working to create a forum to bring representative voices of our community together and tackle this important issue.

I am including below, the language in our District’s Civility Statement. This policy is a powerful pillar of our beliefs and relays the importance of our school community conducting ourselves in a manner that is always accepting, respectful, inclusive, and accountable. 

Thank you,

Eric Byrne, Ed.D.
Superintendent of Schools

Rye City School District
Civility Statement

We strive to promote a culture of civility and caring in all aspects of our community life and beyond.

We recognize, without judgment, the inherent dignity and worth of each person, group, family and organization.

We believe that all interpersonal exchanges, even adversarial ones, can be conducted with mutual respect.

We aspire to be part of a community that is rooted in acceptance, inclusion and compassion.

We accept the need for honest self-reflection and the obligation to hold ourselves accountable for our words and actions.

We commit to acting with integrity and living as observable models of positive civic behavior.

Ref: 8 NYCRR§100.2(c)(2)
Adoption Date: July 1, 2013