Update January 11, 2021

January 11, 2021 – January 19, 2021

Dear Parents, Guardians, Staff and Students:

The storming of the United States Capitol on January 6, 2021 shook our nation. The fact that the incident at the Capitol took place during a global pandemic exacerbates feelings of anxiety and fear. Yet even in this time of uncertainty and unrest, the District has shown unity, strength, and cooperation. You have made me proud.

Amidst this turmoil, we honor the great Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. on January 18. Dr. King dedicated his life to nonviolent protest for racial equality. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day marks King’s legacy of peace and challenges citizens to engage in volunteer service in their communities. Volunteerism can take many forms. Calling an elderly neighbor to check on him or her or contacting an old friend are socially distant ways you can give back to the community during COVID-19. Spreading good feelings and care for your fellow man is in the spirit of Dr. King.

I urge you stay calm, flexible and helpful to others. This is a confusing time for all of us, but also an opportunity to follow in the peaceful steps of Dr. King.

Be well.

Mark Laurrie, Superintendent

Niagara Falls City School District