L.A. Public Schools Set Up Hotline and Support Sites for Students Worried About Trump

Posted: Dec 07, 2016 8:15 PM
L.A. Public Schools Set Up Hotline and Support Sites for Students Worried About Trump

The Los Angeles Unified School District has launched a hotline and opened up “extended support sites” for students who are worried about a Trump presidency, reports the LA Times

These new resources will provide students with “emotional support” and help address their “question and concerns about the potential impact on them and their families.”

Superintendent Michelle King notified parents and teachers on Monday via a pre-recorded call. 

Hello. This is Superintendent Michelle King with an important message for the L.A. Unified family.

Although it has been nearly a month since the presidential election, many of our students still have questions and concerns about potential impact on them and their families. As part of our commitment to providing a safe and positive learning environment, we are providing additional resources for our families. 

We have opened Extended Support Sites at each of our Local District offices, as well as at the field office of Board President Steve Zimmer. These sites are open 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. weekdays, to provide you with emotional support, enrollment and attendance information and referrals to outside resources. We have also set up a hotline at (866) 742-2273, where you can call with questions and concerns. We invite you to visit lausd.net for details about these and other resources. 

Thank you.

According to the LA Times, L.A. Unified is 74 percent Latino, so students fear discrimination and deportation under Trump. 

The district has already voted to make its schools “safe zones” for illegal immigrants. Its policy states that employees must receive permission from the district before allowing federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents onto L.A. Unified campuses.