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May 30, 2020 - Public Statement

Today, our district became aware that racially and sexually offensive postings were circulated over social media by several of our students in response to the events occurring throughout the country following the tragedy in Minnesota. The Paramus Board of Education, the administration, staff, student body, community, and many others outside of Paramus are justifiably outraged by these racially and sexually charged messages.

After being informed of these offensive social media postings, the high school and central office administration initiated an immediate investigation in accordance with board policies and the student code of conduct. School officials also coordinated their efforts with law enforcement and were in contact with all parties directly involved. After the investigation is concluded, the administration and the board will take whatever measures are appropriate.

I am prohibited from disclosing any further information regarding this investigation due to state and federal laws protecting the confidentiality and privacy of student information.

With that said, the Paramus Board of Education denounces all forms of discrimination motivated by race, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, or disability. A safe and civil environment in and outside of school is necessary for our students to learn and achieve high academic standards.

The disrespectful and humiliating nature of these social media postings is the antithesis of our school’s core values and beliefs. The Paramus School District is committed to ensuring the health and well-being of our students. Part of our school district’s mission is to produce citizens who respect cultural differences, make responsible decisions, and communicate effectively.

The messages in these social media postings were clearly hurtful. As educators, we must use this incident as an opportunity to help our students grow and better understand their responsibility to respect the dignity and the rights of all individuals.

Dr. Michele Robinson
Superintendent

Congratulations Isabella Verma

Isabella VermaDance New Jersey recently selected PHS dancer Isabella Verma as the recipient of the 2020 NJ Governor's Award for Excellence in Artistry & Leadership in Dance. She has been part of the PHS Dance department, Spartnettes Company, for the past three years and a member of the National Honor Society for Dance Arts.

Isabella created her original choreography piece about suicide prevention, “A Reason to Stay”, in Dance Honors. It was part of the Dance for Democracy & Social Consciousness unit, and she submitted it as part of the vigorous application, audition, and nomination process.

Isabella is now the third recipient from the Paramus Dance department to receive this distinguished award. (Award years are 2017, 2019, and 2020. We look forward to attending her performance at the NJ Governors Award for Arts Education 40th Year Celebration on June 26 at Trenton Memorial. Truly a Paramus dance-proud honor!