On behalf of the entire Los Angeles Unified School District, I want to express condolences to the victims, families and friends of the horrific attack in Orlando.
At the same time, I want to repeat that no violence of any type is acceptable in this District, nor is discrimination of any kind.
Our LGBTQ students and staff study and work hard throughout L.A. Unified. They, like all students and employees, are part of the L.A. Unified family.
This is a sad time for our country. It is also a sad time for L.A. Unified as we learned of the deaths of two students in a domestic, murder-suicide that occurred over the weekend.
Crisis counselors are available to provide support where needed, although most of our schools are on summer vacation.
However, there can never be a vacation from vigilance, respect or support.
While there is no threat at any of our schools at this time, every school and building within this District has a safety plan in place.
I also want all staff – both certificated and classified – to know that their efforts are appreciated every day. Again, I offer my condolences to everyone affected in Orlando, and my assurances to our L.A. Unified family that safety remains our number one priority.