Supporting our Asian American and Pacific Islander Communities
March 19, 2021
Dear Glendale Unified Students, Employees, Families, and Community:
I hope you had an opportunity to relax and recharge over spring break. We are incredibly excited to welcome our elementary students back to school for in-person instruction in the coming weeks and we continue to plan for the careful and deliberate return of our middle and high school students.
As we look forward to resuming in-person learning on our campuses, I want to reaffirm Glendale Unified School District’s commitment to providing a safe learning environment for all students. This is especially important in light of a concerning nationwide rise in hate crimes, violence, and acts of discrimination against Asian American and Pacific Islander communities over the past year.
At their meeting on Tuesday, March 9, the Glendale Unified Board of Education adopted a resolution, Affirming the Glendale Unified Board of Education’s Commitment to the Safety and Wellbeing of our Asian American and Pacific Islander Students, Employees, Families, and Community Members and Denouncing Xenophobia Due to Fears of the Covid-19 Pandemic. This resolution reinforces our commitment to supporting the social, emotional, and physical needs of all students, employees, and families in our community.
As we reach the one-year anniversary of our pivot to distance learning, we are acutely aware of the trauma and isolation that has accompanied this global pandemic. In difficult times, it is important that we come together and support one another as a community. As we return to school, please show empathy and kindness to our students, teachers, staff, and families, particularly members of our Asian American and Pacific Islander communities who may feel a heightened impact from the recent rise in acts of hate and discrimination happening across our country. You can find helpful mental health and community support resources below:
- Report incidents of hate against AAPI communities: stopaapihate.org
- Glendale Unified mental health resources: gusd.net/health
- Resources and support for our AAPI communities: aapicovid19.org/resources
- Mental health support for employees: wellbeing4la.org or lacoe.edu/Home/EASE
- Additional resources can be found here
We are a diverse school district that welcomes students and families from all over the world. It is important that we embrace each other’s differences, protect one another, and be mindful of how our words and actions might affect others as we work together to build a stronger Glendale Unified community.
Vivian Ekchian, Ed.D.
Superintendent of Schools