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    Seattle Public Schools is Steadfast in Our Opposition to Acts of Hate and Racism
    Posted on 03/13/2021
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    Seattle Public Schools is Steadfast in Our Opposition to Acts of Hate and Racism

    The past 12 months have undoubtedly tested the tenacity and resilience of everyone. Each crisis has touched our collective lives in different ways. While there are signs of hope, it is also clear that our nation and our Seattle community face ever-growing threats to our physical and emotional well-being.

    Anti-Asian violence and hate crimes have increased significantly since the beginning of the pandemic. The Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism at California State University, San Bernardino, analyzed hate crimes in 16 of the nation's largest cities, including Seattle, during 2020. Crimes targeting Asian Americans rose nearly 150 percent while hate crimes overall decreased by seven percent. Here in Seattle, our Asian Pacific American (APA) communities have felt incidents of hate, intolerance, and violence.

    Seattle Public Schools remains steadfast in our opposition to acts of hate and racism. We stand in solidarity with our Asian Pacific American community and are committed to supporting all of our students, families, and broader community in the wake of these acts of intolerance. We recognize the alarm being felt and raised by APA colleague, students, and community. We have reached out to our APA community partners seeking their input on how to reach students best in context to their community needs.

    There are over 7,000 students enrolled in SPS who identify as Asian. Their contributions to our city's past, present, and future continue to enrich the district. This is embodied in namesake schools like Alan T. Sugiyama High School, Aki Kurose Middle School, and Wing Luke Elementary School.

    We Must Educate to Combat Misinformation and Racism

    It is not enough to condemn these acts, as a public-school system we must also educate. It is important that we are all prepared with information to combat misinformation and racism. We're stronger as a community when we all do our part in the fight against discrimination. Below are a variety of resources that are available for our students and families:

    How to Report Discrimination

    At SPS

    If you believe that you or an SPS student or staff member has been discriminated against, you can report the incident(s) to your school's principal or the district's Office of Student Civil Rights, 206-252-0306 or OSCR@seattleschools.org.

    Outside SPS

    If you would like to talk with someone outside of the district about your concerns, you can contact:

    Washington State OSPI Equity Civil Rights Office 360-725-6162 equity@k12.wa.us

    U.S. Department of Education Office for Civil Rights 206-607-1600 OCR.Seattle@ed.gov

    The Washington State Commission on Asian Pacific American Affairs has also developed a resource for reporting hate and discrimination