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ISD Condemns and Commits to Fight Anti-Asian Racism

Posted on March 18, 2021

Dear ISD Community,

We condemn the racism and hate crimes happening nationally toward Asian, Asian American, and Pacific Islander families. As a district, we are committed to fighting racism in all its forms. Attacks targeting the Asian, Asian American, and Pacific Islander communities have no place in our community or in our country.

These trends are disturbing. While we want to believe they do not reflect who we are, they will continue to create harm until we all recognize and denounce the racism and prejudice that drives this violence. As a district we are committed to being an inclusive, welcoming environment that does not have a place for racism or hate.

Thank you for your reflection and ongoing work to help us to combat such challenges and create a culture of inclusion in the Issaquah School District. Inclusion is a shared value that our school district and community hold with the goal of ensuring all students, families and staff feel welcomed, valued, and supported.

We know that incidents of racism, whether or not they are experienced personally, can trigger trauma for students, family members, and staff. We have counseling and mental health services available to help students experiencing such trauma. Families can connect students to these services by contacting the counselors at their school. The Employee Assistance Program is available to help staff members.

We also understand there may be individuals from the Asian, Asian American, and Pacific Islander community in the Issaquah School District who are facing bullying, harassment, violence, or other forms of discrimination based on their race or ethnicity. If you are experiencing this, please reach out to your building administrator or our school district’s Civil Rights Officer.

More information on legal protections against discrimination in schools:

Thank you.