April 5, 2021
Dear Fullerton School District Community,
Fullerton School District aims for greatness in our schools so that our students can be successful. We know the vital role we play in building a strong and thriving community by ensuring that all our students feel safe, supported, and empowered. We develop empathy and nurture the FSD values of strong character, collaboration, and interpersonal relationships. Fullerton School District finds strength in diversity and strives to promote equity and uplift all members of our community.
We, like many of you, are shaken by the recent and ongoing violent and hateful acts committed against the Asian American Pacific Islander (AAPI) and other communities of color across the nation. The recent wave of violence, racism, and discrimination experienced by the Asian and Asian Pacific communities cannot be tolerated, and sadly these injustices have been historically endured. We condemn these acts and want to ensure that we are part of healing and building a world in which these atrocities do not occur. Fullerton School District stands firmly in support of our Asian-American students, staff, and families and is proud that they are among the many rich and diverse racial, ethnic, and cultural groups that comprise our District.
As we approach National Asian Pacific American Heritage Month in May, we are reminded that more work needs to be done to ensure equity and inclusion. One of the most critical things we can do is to learn about and amplify the broad diversity, stories, and experiences of the Asian American Pacific Islander cultures. We are proud that our teachers work intentionally to implement a curriculum that is comprehensive and representative, and we strive to ensure that diverse cultures and perspectives are reflected year-round. We also know the essential value of gaining a deeper appreciation and understanding of cultures and the intention that must drive it. As a district, we are dedicated to our own inclusion and equity efforts as we form our Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee, along with its working groups, and prepare for educational implementation plans celebrating National Asian Pacific American Heritage Month in May. We look forward to highlighting the meaningful histories of our Asian and Asian Pacific Islander communities for there is much to recognize, celebrate, and remember.
On behalf of the Board of Trustees and Fullerton School District, we send care to all the Asian American Pacific Islander (AAPI) communities, including our own Fullerton families, friends, and neighbors, for healing and peace. Let’s remain hopeful as we come together in friendship and community.
Robert Pletka, Ed.D.