January 6, 2021
Park City School District Statement on Today’s Events
“A time to help, a time to model, a time to teach”
As the nation and our children read, hear and watch about the riots at the U.S. Capitol building, we are reminded just how important it is for school systems to teach about and model civility and respect for our democracy.
Civic engagement is the foundation of our democracy. PCSD respects and supports the right to demonstrate and peacefully protest. We strongly condemn all attempts to incite violence and do not tolerate acts of hate that counter our shared democratic principles.
We know that it is sometimes difficult to find the words to talk with children about these events.
Below are some suggestions for talking to your children about today’s violence.
● Responding to Children’s Emotional Needs During Times of Crisis (American Academy of Pediatrics)
● Talking to Children About Violence: Tips for Parents and Teachers (National Association of School Psychologists)
This is a time for our Country to stand together and promote peace, hope, and optimism for the future. We encourage everyone to use this moment to remember the foundational values that our Country was built on and what we stand for as a Nation.
I encourage all to remain kind and supportive of each other as we continue to navigate what has been an incredibly challenging school year.
Dr. Jill Gildea Superintendent of Schools