Dear City of Fairfax Schools Community,
Like many of you, I have been following the rise in hate incidents against Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPI). The horrific event in Atlanta this week leaves us all without words. My heart is heavy as I think about the members of our community who have been victims of racism and living in fear. I know that many in our school communities are deeply hurting.
The City of Fairfax Schools stand united against fear, hatred, and violence, and we are dedicated to make our schools safe places for all our students. Our schools should be the heart of our community and a place where students can feel safe and welcome. We stand with our AAPI communities, families and students. You are in our hearts and have our unwavering support.
I encourage all to explore ways they can support our AAPI community members. As educators, we in the City of Fairfax Schools are always searching for ways to learn and grow. To that end, we have found these resources helpful:
- PBS NewsHour: How to Address the Surge of Anti-Asian Hate Crimes
- Learning for Justice (formerly Teaching Tolerance): Addressing Anti-Asian Bias
- The New York Times: Resources for Teaching About Race and Racism with The New York Times