Dear Albany Community,
The parents of the children directly involved in the Albany High School Instagram incident met on Sunday, April 2nd to discuss what happened and to determine how to move forward. Specifically included were the parents of kids that were involved in starting and following the account, along with some of the parents of the students directly targeted by the account.
All of the parents took turns to very sincerely share their most heartfelt feelings about this terrible incident. We want the Albany community to know that we are unified in our goal of capitalizing on this teachable moment by first healing and educating our children and secondly committing to long-term solutions that will prevent such incidents in the future.
As such, our vision and mission is to show and demand that AUSD curriculum, staff and leadership promote inclusion and a breadth of cultural education that empowers our kids -- our future leaders of this community -- to fulfill the vision we see for Albany and the world at large.
We are united in this process to help our children heal, learn and emerge as strong, confident young adults who are sensitive to and supportive of diversity everywhere. So far, our parent group has committed to continuing to meet together, to talking with our children about atonement and forgiveness, and to communicating with the community about our progress.
We want the community to know that our families are working to heal together. This will take time and from where the process is today, day one, we are asking a lot of our children. They are just beginning to know about the adult realities of the world. And as the adult influences in their lives we must also be committed to growth and learning in this journey toward true-unity, true-community, true-communication and true-love. We trust that you too will join us on this journey.
~Albany High Parents for Diversity and Inclusion
As part of the AUSD Concentric Circles Protocol, you are being notified of the following incident:
Board of Education Members; Student Board Members; AUSD Staff, Parents, & Students; and Community Stakeholders:
On March 14th, an Albany High School 9th grade male student was walking home from school when a man in a brown 4-door older car approached him. The man tried to engage him in conversation by asking questions, and then he told him to get in the car for a ride home. This took place at the top of Washington Street near Albany Hill.
The man was described as a white, middle-aged man, with a European accent, balding, but with some longish brown/gray hair, with a medium build. The student used excellent personal safety habits by immediately leaving the area and reporting the matter to an adult. The adult reported the incident to the Albany police.
We ask that you remind students that if they are approached by a stranger to let you, their teacher, or principal know immediately. Also, please take time to remind students, in an age appropriate manner, what to do if a stranger approaches them.
The links below are being provided as helpful safety resources:
1. Tips for Parents:
https://www.ncjrs.gov/html/ojjdp/psc_english_02/page3.html & http://www.childabductions.org/prevention3.html
2. Tips for Students:
Please remind students to report any suspicious activity immediately to the school and Albany Police at (510) 525-7300.
Albany Unified School District
This message was distributed using AUSD's Emergency Communication Process.
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