We need your help. We know that the last year and a half has been challenging. We recognize the difficulties that so many of our families have faced throughout the pandemic. You are not alone in those challenges. We have been there beside you, personally and professionally, working through the endless ups and downs of COVID. We know you are tired. We know you are frustrated.
Since the start of school, we have had employees across the district bullied, belittled, threatened and physically pushed or grabbed by parents. While this is a small minority of parents, the level of incidents is higher than we have ever seen. Staff members have been yelled at, have received emails and phone calls laced with profanity, our social media pages have been riddled with community members arguing with one another over things like masks, vaccines and even school lunches. We have seen a decline in civility and we see our students imitating the behavior they see. While we understand the COVID-19 roller coaster of emotions and stress, we will not allow our employees to be treated this way, and we are taking a firm stand against this behavior.
We invite constructive criticism, open dialogue, questions or concerns. We want to help. We want to resolve concerns. However, we will not return calls or emails that are threatening or uncivil. We will not tolerate profanity or intimidation. We will not allow our staff members to be belittled or bullied and we certainly will not stand for any form of physical abuse. Depending on the level of severity, we will take any necessary steps to ban individuals from school/district premises.
Our community has always supported each other with a solid sense of family, kindness and togetherness. But the recent decline and move towards regular negative behavior is concerning to Rio Rancho Public Schools as educators, parents, and community members. We need your help to bring back our sense of community, solidarity and kindness. We need your help by not tolerating or engaging in mean-spirited and aggressive behavior and speech. We need your help so we can continue to teach our community’s children how to be respectful, contributing members of society.