LWSD recognizes throughout the pandemic, there have been subtle and overt acts of hatred and violence towards our Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) communities. Our AAPI communities have contributed to our diverse community in meaningful ways. We condemn the acts of violence and hatred that have been perpetrated against our Asian communities and have cast a sense of fear among APPI community. As a school district, we stand in solidarity with our Asian communities.
We are committed to creating environments for students and staff to thrive. This requires intentional actions to continually make our schools welcoming for our entire community of learners and educators. We are committed to protecting our students from fearing physical or psychological harm, hateful depictions or language of cultural heritages, where they are casted as outsiders. We will continue to work towards this goal of providing safe schools for our students and staff.
Last Friday, our Equity, Opportunity and Inclusion Department provided professional learning for our teachers. The training focused on creating welcoming and safe spaces for our students and families. Staff members were provided strategies to create classrooms that are welcoming and culturally responsive. This type of training is a significant part in ensuring our schools and classrooms are places where each of our students can feel a sense of belonging.
As we welcome back students and staff to our campuses over the next month, safety and well-being will be primary objectives for all of us. Being thoughtful about the lived experiences of our students during the pandemic is a critical aspect to the successful transition. Specifically, for Asian-American communities that have experienced harm or trauma over this last year; we remain committed to supporting a learning community that welcomes each student and family.
Today we voice our commitment to all our communities and recognize those that have suffered loss over this last year.
Dr. Jon Holmen, Superintendent
Lake Washington School District