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The Santa Clara County Office of Education (SCCOE) is committed to serving, inspiring, and promoting student and public school success.
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Jon R. GundryDecember 2016
As we have seen in the election outcome and in media reports, our county is divided and it will take a great deal of work to bring us together. Racially charged incidents in schools and communities across the country are on the rise, so I encourage all educators to help create safe spaces in our schools for African Americans, Hispanic Americans, Muslim Americans, LGBTQ Americans and Asian Americans among others. Many of our students and families may fear the statements, promises, and plans that were made during the election process, such as immigration rules or enforcement that could separate families.
Please know our school communities are vigilant in caring for students and their families. I’ve attached some resources for you to review and share to help create the best conditions for learning. Our classrooms and schools must be safe places for all students. In addition, please consider the county office Safe and Healthy Schools team as a resource. The staff can help implement strategies to create a positive school climate and please visit our bullying prevention and resources page for information and ideas.
Public education celebrates our core values of diversity, empathy, equality, innovation and integrity. I trust that your care and compassion will give students and families a sense of comfort. Reassure them that we are strong together and will stand by each other should they need our help or assistance.