Rhinebeck Central School Forum on Awareness Training – Bravo Rhinebeck!

April 9, 2007


Dear Parents and Community Members,

The Rhinebeck Central School District strives to be proactive and provide a quality learning environment for all students. The purpose of this letter is to invite you to a special presentation that is a part of the District’s ongoing effort to create a safe and harassment-free environment for all students, faculty and staff. This multi-year initiative includes a comprehensive revision of the District’s policy and regulations regarding harassment, professional development for all employees of the District, and awareness training for students.  A copy of the District’s newly revised policy and regulations regarding harassment are being mailed to each household and can be found on the District’s web site as well. 

 On Thursday, April 19, 2007, the District will be sponsoring a program on the important topics of bullying, harassment, and intimidation from 6:30-8:00 p.m. at Chancellor Livingston Elementary School in the Community Room. The program will be provided by McGrath Training Systems, a nationally recognized and legally-based training company specializing in school related issues. The presenter is Mr. William D. Berard III, McGrath’s Senior Trainer, who will discuss school bullying and harassment issues, including what it is, how to detect it, and what parents should do if they believe their child is being bullied or harassed. Participants will be made aware of the type of awareness training that students are being provided as a part of this important initiative.

The program will be relevant to parents of students grades K-12, and a question and answer period will conclude the program.  
All parents, families and community members are invited to attend this very informative presentation. Refreshments will be served.   For additional information, please contact Mr. Marvin Kreps, Director of Curriculum and Instruction and Title IX Compliance Officer, at 845-871-5570 ext. 5545, your child’s building principal, or me. 

Joseph L. Phelan

Superintendent of Schools