The recent news of the murders in Georgia and rise in hate crimes against the Asian American and Pacific Islander community (AAPI) have alarmed and saddened us in District 196. As a school district, we value equity, diversity and inclusion, and we oppose the intolerance and bigotry that members of the AAPI community continue to face daily in our country.
We stand in solidarity with our students, families and staff who are experiencing direct and indirect trauma as a result of recent events or have experienced any racist comments, bullying or attacks.
We denounce prejudice, violence and hate crimes toward any person or group of people. Anti-Asian rhetoric and violence are evidence of racism, which we cannot tolerate or accept.
In District 196, we are committed to providing a safe, supportive and inclusive learning environment for all students and employees. And we firmly believe that establishing a deep sense of belonging in community with others is fundamental to our work of helping all students realize their infinite possibilities.
This is a difficult and traumatic time for our community, especially our Asian and Asian-American staff, students and their families. If you need assistance processing these events and other issues that impact our mental health, now or at any time in the future, please access services available through your school counselors, social workers, psychologists or another trusted adult.
We are here to help. It is important that as valued members of our community, we all listen to and support one another through this difficult time.