Dear Members of the Tilton Community,
As you may know, there have been recent news reports about allegations and instances of sexual abuse and educator misconduct at independent schools throughout New England. The reports are very troubling, and we expect they may be raising concerns and questions in your minds.
I write to you today to assure you that nothing is more important to me, and to all of us at Tilton School, than protecting the health and wellbeing of our students. The unique educational experience of our school only happens if our students are safe. As the head of a school who is entrusted with caring for other people's children, and as a parent of three children myself, I can promise you that the physical and emotional safety and security of our students is always at the forefront of my mind.
As a community, we work hard to maintain a safe and healthy environment through programming and discussions integrated into Tilton's educational experience that directly address sexual misconduct and other inappropriate and unhealthy behaviors. In addition to having clearly communicated policies and procedures addressing expectations, all faculty and staff participate in regular in-service training related to topics such as reporting obligations, harassment, sexual harassment and misconduct, bullying, and how and where to report any inappropriate, unacceptable or illegal behavior.
For our students, our grade level programming, Student Life curriculum, and Health and Wellness Team (coordinated by our school counselor), consistently reinforce the importance of treating each other with respect, fostering healthy relationships, and how to seek support for any concerns related to bullying, harassment, or sexual misconduct. Our goal is to promote a safe, healthy, and open environment for our entire community. When it comes to protecting the safety of our children, we cannot be too careful. This is the top priority for our leadership team, and it is why the effort to expand our community conversations and improve our training and educational programs is ongoing. Furthermore, this is the focus of a joint Trustee/Staff committee that continues to evaluate not only our policies and procedures, but also our campus wellness and safety.
I want to make it clear to you that we will take very seriously any reports of educator sexual misconduct from any current or former students of our school. To serve our students and families, we must be willing to confront any situation with courage, compassion, and transparency.
Tilton is a special place. We have a deep and deliberate commitment to building a campus environment that promotes respect for self and others, thoughtful decision-making, and accountability for actions. I look forward to working with all of you to ensure that we continue to live up to this commitment, and that we maintain a safe and inspiring environment for all of our students. I am always available to any one of you to discuss your concerns or questions.
Peter Saliba P'17 '19 '19
Head of School