Dear Seattle Public School Families:
As schools opened this morning we heard concerns from many families about how the presidential election might impact our schools. A number of schools asked about counseling and assurances for their families.
Seattle Public Schools serves a rich and diverse school community. Our students speak 143 languages/dialects and come from 147 countries. Media coverage on immigration, ethnicity, gender, and religion have permeated our lives over the last year. Even our youngest students were aware of the polarizing rhetoric. Today, I have heard directly from families who are feeling anxious and concerned.
I want to take this moment to emphasize that the election outcomes do not change our direction, priorities, mission, or values. Seattle Public Schools continues to remain dedicated to maintaining positive school climates that promote student learning and development.
We are committed to building school communities where all students, families and staff are safe, respected, and engaged. We expect all students to be treated positively and with respect without fear of bullying or intimidation. Our commitment to the well-being of each and every student is stronger than ever.
If students or parents ever have concerns about safety or bullying, they should be first raised with teachers and the school principal. Concerns can also be sent to the Office of Student Civil Rights at OSCR@seattleschools.org.
Thank you for your commitment to stand with us in creating a kind, caring, welcoming and safe environment for each and every one of our students.
Dr. Larry Nyland
Seattle Public Schools