October 10, 2023
Dear LaGuardia Community,
I hope this message finds you well.
The acts of violence in the Israel-Gaza conflict have been devastating and heartbreaking. While this situation has personally touched members of our community, it impacts us all.
Our priority is to ensure student safety and well-being and foster an environment of mutual respect and understanding. At LaGuardia High School, we promote an inclusive and caring community. Through the arts, our students are taught to embrace cultures other than their own and to create community through collaboration, listening, and understanding. We believe that the arts create bridges and connections. Framed by the system-wide program, Respect For All, we encourage our students to be empathetic, supportive, and kind.
Students experiencing anxiety or trauma can report to guidance counselors, school social workers, teachers, and administrators. We are here to help.
Additionally, please find today’s statement from Chancellor Banks below:
In light of the attacks by Hamas on Israeli civilians, I am compelled to speak out to condemn these horrific acts of violence. It is heartbreaking to see the devastating impact of terrorism on innocent civilians, especially our most vulnerable—children. As a global community, we should prioritize peace and the well-being of all people, but particularly the next generation.
To that end, we are providing resources to our schools to facilitate discussions about the conflict and supporting our students in being compassionate global citizens. As the leader of our nation’s largest school system, I want to be abundantly clear that hate of any kind has no home in NYCPS. That is evident by Chancellor’s regulations and policies, which will be reinforced to ensure every student, staff member, and community stakeholder is safe, supported, and respected in our schools.
Right now, my heart is most of all with staff and families affected by the attacks, including those who have loved ones who have been lost or kidnapped. I see you and am with you to offer whatever support I can during this difficult time.
We will provide resources as they are made available.
Thank you for your continued partnership.
Deepak Marwah, Principal