5/14 Message from Mr. McKay

Melissa Fullerton
By Melissa Fullerton May 14, 2021 15:12

Hello Governor Mifflin families,

Today we were made aware of an online lesson discussion, facilitated by one of our teachers, that was not part of the Governor Mifflin curriculum. The intention of the teacher was to discuss the harm that stereotypes can cause in the context of a high school class. Unfortunately, the lesson did not achieve the intended goal and as a result made students uncomfortable. Again, this was not part of the curriculum and our administration has been in touch with students and parents and will continue to do so. While we have already had some difficult discussions with families and students who saw this information and were understandably upset, I am grateful for those who chose to bring this to our attention in the form of a discussion.

On behalf of our district, I am sorry that this lapse happened and deeply concerned with how it made students feel. We will be reaching out to students and families who may have seen or been impacted by this information. Further follow up and investigation is necessary and will continue. It is important to know that Governor Mifflin school Board, administration and staff believe deeply that every student should feel welcome, respected, seen and safe.

But it is also important that our community understand that this is not part of our curriculum and that politicizing this incident does nothing but hurt the students and the school. Governor Mifflin does not have any current or proposed changes in our curriculum or intention to integrate controversial curriculum changes.

Our goal has always been and continues to be to maintain an open line of communication with our families, students, and stakeholders. That is the best route for our district to grow, learn, and move forward together.

Sincerely,

Bill McKay
Superintendent
Governor Mifflin School District

Melissa Fullerton
By Melissa Fullerton May 14, 2021 15:12