Monterey Park Solidarity Statement

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Dear SFUSD,

As our community comes together to celebrate Lunar New Year, we hold firm the values of diversity and social justice in our work to serve students and families each and every day. 

We are devastated by the tragedy that occurred in Monterey Park. The senseless violence is unconscionable, and we recognize an emanating sense of loss and grief, particularly within Asian American Pacific Islander (AAPI) communities. Violence perpetrated against any member of our community is unacceptable. In solidarity, our hearts go out to the victims and their families, as well as anyone who has been impacted.

Our school district is committed to creating safe spaces for each and every person to learn and thrive. SFUSD celebrates Asian Pacific American Heritage as an important part of our work to uplift the diversity, brilliance, contributions, and beauty of the AAPI community in the diaspora and their presence here in San Francisco. 

San Francisco public schools strive to be places where every student can see themselves and be themselves, where the diversity of our community is celebrated each day. We know that our communities are made better by embracing and celebrating the differences that define us.

In this year of the Rabbit/Cat, we remain hopeful about the year ahead. 

Superintendent Dr. Matt Wayne
Board of Education President Jenny Lam