A message from the Superintendent

August 4, 2020

Dear Chappaqua Central School District Community Members,

I hope this email finds you and your family feeling well. I write to ask for your assistance, support and partnership as we continue to ensure that the emotional and physical health and safety of our students is our highest priority. You may be aware that recently, community members, students and alumni have chosen to report incidents of alleged student and/or staff misconduct on various social media platforms, instead of the clearly communicated official avenues that the District uses to receive reports of such incidents. Some of these social media accounts appear to be District-sponsored and/or monitored by the District. They are not, which is why I am asking for your help.

The District has clear processes for reporting incidents to the administration. These processes are outlined in the following policies:

Policy 0120:  Non-Discrimination/Equal Opportunity Policy;

Policy 5020:  Bill of Rights and Responsibilities of Students;

Policy 5030:  Student Code of Conduct;

Policy 5052:  Harassment, Bullying and Discrimination Prevention and Intervention;

Policy 5054:  Disability Discrimination Policy for Students;

Policy 5080:  Sexual Harassment of Students;

Policy 5016 & 9051: Technology Acceptable Use Policy.

Please also note that, during the school year, there is an active Anonymous Alert system on the District’s homepage, which is closely monitored by building and central office staff.

As always, I encourage parents or students who have concerns over the summer and during the school year to contact their principal, as we are unable to effectively respond to incidents or issues that have been posted on social media and/or have not been shared directly with us. It is through the channels outlined above that issues will be investigated thoroughly and appropriately addressed.

Finally, our school community is incredibly fortunate to be able to recruit and retain highly regarded and talented educators. Our teachers and leaders work tirelessly to ensure that our students are safe and have access to the most powerful educational experiences available. Let’s work together, using the reporting mechanisms described above, to ensure that our students experience the education that they deserve in safe, nurturing and joyous schools and classrooms.

Sincerely,

Christine Ackerman, PhD
Superintendent of Schools