The Vestal Central School District has made a commitment to preparing our students to be responsible, contributing members of society. Our mission statement says, “Each student will become a critical thinker, a lifelong learner and a responsible, contributing citizen in a changing global society.” The International Baccalaureate learner profile celebrates students who are open-minded, principled, caring, communicators and balanced. We recognize that today’s students live in two communities – “offline” and “online.” Our district is committed to teaching students how to act with integrity, compassion and civility in both communities. We seek to ensure that what students do in the online community advances their sense of self and enriches their relationships.
To achieve this, Vestal has implemented a digital citizenship curriculum. Students in grades 5, 8 and High School Health will experience lessons that help them understand the realities, rewards, and pitfalls of digital communities: