Letter from our PTA Presidents:
Our hearts go out to all the members of the Mira Vista and Making Waves communities impacted by the events of the past days. Times like these call on us to gather together to support our young people and each other. Nothing about these events changes the great work of the committed staff and parents. Nothing diminishes the talents and gifts of our amazing students. In fact these times highlight the wonderful strengths so evident in our community; support, care, and commitment.
We thank you all for your patience and understanding as information is gathered and shared. We are working to keep the website up to date with all current information.
Natalie and Cara
Letter from Mr. Chilcott:
Hello Mira Vista Community,
I am writing this letter to my community during a troubling time to update you on developments concerning the arrest of Mr. Guinto. Mr. Guinto, a 7th grade teacher, was arrested by the Richmond Police Department prior to the beginning of classes on March 5, 2014 for allegedly sexually abusing multiple students while employed at the Making Waves Charter School in Richmond.
During this difficult time we will all be feeling a range of emotions, including shock, sadness, betrayal, and anger. As always, the safety and education of your children are our primary concerns. In order to ensure that all students and every other member of the Mira Vista Community get the support they need, we have taken the following steps.
When the arrest occurred I immediately notified the District to provide additional support to Mira Vista. We had extra district personnel on campus to support students and maintain order. I was also in contact with Human Resources to make sure that we will have an effective replacement to teach Mr. Guinto’s class. District administrators and I are in close contact with the Richmond Police Department so we can remain apprised of ongoing developments.
I held a staff meeting to go over all of the developments and plan our community support with teachers and staff. I sent out a Connect Ed message to parents and teachers at 3:00 and later that evening to inform the community about the arrest.
This morning we had extra security and other district personnel on campus to support the students, ensure a safe and secure campus, and continue the District’s investigation. District psychologists went into classrooms to offer individual counseling to all students and staff.
I know there are very legitimate concerns about his hiring. Please be assured the district conducted a full background check on Mr. Guinto, as we do with every new hire. This included running his fingerprints through the California Commission of Teacher Credentialing, FBI and Department of Justice. This was completed twice with Mr. Guinto – once at the time of his initial hire and a second time when he was under consideration to become our MESA elective teacher. There were no arrests or any other red flags on his record. With assurances from Human Resources that he passed all background vetting and no indications from past schools that there were any possible charges he was hired to begin at Mira Vista January 6.
I want to extend my thanks to our community for staying strong and pulling together during this trying time. Mira Vista is still a safe and wonderful school due to all of you.