Board Votes to Remove Mascots

Board Votes to Remove Mascots
Photo: Four hands, of different people of different races, held together in a sign of peace and unityBelow is the official press release from the Pascack Valley Regional High School District with regard to the Board voting to remove the school mascots.

Montvale, NJ, June 23, 2020: At the Pascack Valley Regional High School District Board of Education meeting on June 22, the Board voted to remove the “Cowboy” and “Indian” as the Pascack Hills and Pascack Valley High Schools’ respective mascots.  This decision was in response to ongoing presentations and discussions with students, faculty, staff, and administration regarding how such mascots are not inline with the district goal of equity and inclusivity.

The Pascack Valley Regional High School District stands against racism, fostering an environment where no one is persecuted or marginalized.  Our intent is to educate our district community on the mutual contributions of all races, genders, religions, and cultures accepting, respecting, and learning from one another.

In the coming year, we look forward to soliciting the input of students, staff, and community members as we work to identify new mascots that will promote the values of the Pascack Valley Regional High School District.  We applaud the efforts of our entire district community in working to bring us closer to this goal and we are committed to continuing this work.
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