A Message from Superintendent Alicea

     Published on 5/17/22   Tagged under:    District News   

May 17, 2022

Dear Syracuse City School District Families,

The recent tragedy in Buffalo is another unfortunate reminder that racism and hatred still exist in all parts of this Country.  In the Syracuse City School District, we denounce racism and hatred and instead want to celebrate our rich diversity and the salad bowl of cultures, religions and ethnicities that make up our school district.

As the adults in this community, it is our responsibility to lead by example.  We must continually show our young people that racism is unacceptable.  We must show them through our actions and not just our words.  We must celebrate our differences!

It is important that our students feel safe at school and that they feel that they have a voice and that their voice is heard.  There are supports at every school and adults in every building that your child can reach out to if they have a question or want to discuss what happened in Buffalo.   

 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. once said “Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that.  Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that.” We must show all of our students love, so that they feel welcome and safe in our schools.

Jaime Alicea