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    SPS Response to Orlando Tragedy
    Posted on 06/13/2016

    In the aftermath of the tragic mass shooting in Orlando, Florida, this weekend, we want to share support resources and our commitment to the safety and well-being of each and every student in our care.

    Students are likely feeling the effects of this devastating event. They may have heard about it at school, from the media or friends. Children may be feeling uneasy, scared, confused or angry. To help discuss the recent events with children we are providing the resources below:

    Because the LGBTQ community was targeted in this attack, our lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer students may feel a heightened concern about their safety in their schools or communities.  

    Seattle Public Schools (SPS) believes that all students, staff and families deserve safe and supportive learning environments. We have put numerous measures into place to ensure schools are a safe haven, a place where students feel cared for and find comfort. To this end, the district supports the activities of school-based Gay Straight Alliances (GSAs) and LGBTQ support groups. Additionally, working with the City of Seattle and Seattle Police Department, all of the district's 98 schools support safe and secure places for victims of LGBTQ crime and discrimination. 

    It is in these moments that we need to draw on the strength of our communities and respond with love, respect and support for all.