October 8, 2021
Good Afternoon Seth Boyden Community,
We want to provide you with some updates. Yesterday, the District was made aware of an allegation of possible misconduct by a Seth Boyden teacher, and working with our school administration, immediately began an investigation. The District released a statement yesterday and shared it with the entire community in the early evening. You can read the full statement on the District website: https://bit.ly/2WUhd5r
To that end, this morning upon dropping your students at school, you may have noticed police presence at the school. In addition, this afternoon in picking up your student(s), you may once again see police presence on campus. In light of the tremendous social media and news coverage, and anticipated news media coverage on the campus, the District and MPD in their partnership, took the steps to proactively ensure that there was no disruption to students/staff upon their arrival and dismissal from school. Lastly, as a precaution, an administrative decision was made this morning, to hold indoor lunch/recess for all students (mitigation efforts were put in place). We’ll continue to monitor the situation and make a determination on a day-by-day basis concerning outdoor lunch/recess.
Please know at no time were the students/staff in danger. These steps were implemented as a precaution. Our utmost priority is always the safety of all students, and our staff did a wonderful job in ensuring that their educational day continued as normal.
Seth Boyden is dedicated to maintaining a culture of wellness, diversity, and safety that creates a positive environment for our students to thrive on campus. We are grateful for our wonderful students, staff, and parents who strive to uphold these values and improve our community on a daily basis.
Lastly, as shared in yesterday’s District communication, there is an ongoing investigation into this allegation. As such, we are not able to comment or provide any additional details regarding these personnel matter to our greater Seth Boyden community.
We thank you for your cooperation and patience.
Shannon Glander, Principal, Seth Boyden Elementary School
cc: Sheila Murphy, Assistant Principal, Seth Boyden Elementary School
cc: Dr. Ronald G. Taylor, Superintendent of Schools