• Updated statement concerning costumes worn by R.E. Lee High School staff
    November 4, 2016


    We regret that the Halloween costumes worn by two R.E. Lee High School employees have offended and angered some parents, alumni, citizens of our community and others.  The costumes were inappropriate for the school setting and an exercise of poor judgment.

    In no way should the actions of these employees be interpreted as a political statement made by the school division as a whole. It is the policy of Staunton City Schools that employees refrain from engaging in political activities on school premises, and Staunton City Schools has not endorsed or supported either presidential candidate.

    We are addressing the matter in accordance with Staunton City Schools’ policies. Our school division remains firmly committed to demonstrating and maintaining professionalism, respect, tolerance and a safe environment in our schools and to a well-rounded education for our students.


    - Dr. Linda Reviea, Superintendent of Staunton City Schools
     
     

     

    Statement concerning costumes worn by R.E. Lee High School staff
    November 3, 2016


    It is a longstanding tradition of Staunton City Schools—and of many school divisions across the United States—to allow students and staff to engage in festive activities and dress in costume for Halloween. That said, the particular costumes worn by two employees at R.E. Lee High School were in poor judgment, especially so given the current political climate and the extraordinarily strong sentiments for the 2016 presidential candidates. I became aware of the situation on Tuesday night (November 1) and instructed our staff to remove the images in question from Lee High School’s website the following day (November 2). We are handling the situation as a personnel matter and addressing the issue with relevant staff.

    - Dr. Linda Reviea, Superintendent of Staunton City Schools