Update on Antiracism and Social Justice Education in Our School Community

September 18, 2020

Dear Chappaqua Central School District Community,

Despite the complexities of opening schools this year, our commitment to combating racism and other discriminatory forces in our schools, and by extension, our community, has continued. We have worked with urgency throughout the summer to make significant and measurable progress in these areas. I write to update you on our progress and share our roadmap moving forward.

At our September 16, 2020 Board of Education meeting, members of the District’s leadership team reviewed the extensive work we did this summer and presented action steps that we are taking to build upon our antiracism and social justice work. Many voices are shaping our approach and we continue to be informed by our students, parents, faculty and staff, and specifically our BIPOC students and teachers.

You can watch our presentation below or view our slides here to understand the scope and direction of our work to date with our students and each other.

Antiracism & Social Justice Update Presentation Video

The District is committed to cultivating a community of learners who demonstrate an understanding, respect, appreciation and desire for continual growth in all aspects of education. We are a community that values equity, human dignity and mutual respect, and are taking the necessary steps to ensure that this is represented in our actions, communications and learning experiences.

We recognize that we must close the gap between our espoused values and current reality and we are dedicated to acting with purpose, accelerating our response and sharing our progress with the community as we move forward.

Sincerely, 

Christine Ackerman, PhD 
Superintendent of Schools