A flood of calls by concerned parents and anxious families following the outcome of Tuesday's elections prompted Seattle Public Schools to issue a message reaffirming their commitment to serving their diverse student body.
The school district posted the following message on their Facebook page:
In response to recent inquiries from media, families, and communities outside Seattle concerning the last 24 hours...
Seattle Public Schools serves a rich and diverse school community. Our students speak 143 languages/dialects and come from 147 countries. Media coverage of the candidates’ positions on immigration, ethnicity, gender, and religion permeated our students’ lives over the last year. Even our youngest students were aware of the polarizing rhetoric. Today, we have heard directly from families who are feeling anxious and concerned."
The election outcome doesn’t change or influence the district’s direction, priorities, mission, or values. Seattle Public Schools continues to remain dedicated to providing 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 will not tolerate bullying, intimidation or any other actions that sustain and advance prejudice and bigotry. Our commitment to the wellbeing of each and every student is stronger than ever.
On Thursday, West Seattle High School students walked out of class, protesting the election of Donald Trump.