This letter contains important information from our district about: social media and appropriate student behavior.
As we return to full-time, in-person instruction, we anticipated that many students would be feeling the lasting effects of isolation during the pandemic. We are here to provide your child(ren) with the academic, social, and emotional support they need. As they learn and grow, both educationally and personally, they will need the assistance of all the adults in their lives.
Social media is a popular form of communication for our children and one that they have become increasingly reliant on during the pandemic. Some current trends and challenges on social media are disturbing. Some are promoting the destruction of bathrooms, overdosing on Benadryl, choking oneself or others until blacking out, scratching someone with a concealed thumbtack, and other violence against school staff and fellow students. The execution of these acts is often filmed and shared on social media. These types of behaviors will not be tolerated at RCS and will be addressed through our Code of Conduct.
These destructive and dangerous behaviors distract fellow students, teachers, school leaders, and staff from the necessary day-to-day operations of educating students. These disruptions negatively impact our community and will be taken seriously. We are encouraging all parents and guardians to monitor their child’s social media presence. We also hope that families speak to their children about the dangers of these actions and how important it is to report any inappropriate behavior. If our children see something, they should say something. Concerns may be shared with any teacher, administrator, or staff member.
On behalf of our schools and our community, I thank you for your continued support.
Brian Bailey, Ed.D.
Superintendent of Schools