Reaching Out In Difficult Times
sent via Email to the School Community, June 4, 2020
To the Manasquan School Community:
The Manasquan Public School District recognizes that these past months have been tumultuous and trying for our school community. Our schools, like the rest of the country, is witness to a period of unprecedented health concerns and more recently civil unrest. It is our mission to ensure our students feel safe and supported as they work through the complicated emotions that they may be experiencing.
As you know, instruction has been taking place virtually, however, we want to make all our community members aware that our psychologists, counselors, social workers, and other staff are here for you. If you or your student feel they would benefit by speaking with one of these professionals, please reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org and you will be contacted directly.
I would be remiss if I did not take this opportunity to focus on the current situation taking place in America today. We see protests in many of the communities in which we live and work. In these troubled times we must be unified in our condemnation of discrimination and violence and be resolute in our pursuit of equality. Our beliefs and values that emphasize kindness, honesty, civility and respect for each other will help us navigate this crisis.
First and foremost, I am an educational leader. My charge is to prepare students to reach their potential regardless of skin color, background and circumstance. Equity can only be achieved by educating our students to see past color, and to see all people through the lens of kindness and consideration. I, as an American, express pain and indignation during this time of social injustice and disavow all acts of hatred and racism.
The intent of this message is not to be political in any way. It is simply to reiterate the mission of the Manasquan Public School District through my eyes, which is to educate the students of Manasquan to understand that we all have biases and we should work diligently to rise above them. As an educator it is my role to provide students with the curriculum necessary to accomplish this. I will continue to work tirelessly to see that this goal is achieved.
Yours in education,
Frank Kasyan, Ed.D.