Responding to Police Violence and the Derek Chauvin Trial
Psychological First Aid (PFA) is an evidence-informed approach for assisting children, adolescents, adults, and families in the immediate aftermath of a critical incident, disaster, or terrorism. PFA is designed to reduce the initial distress caused by traumatic events and to foster short and long-term adaptive functioning. PFA can be used by anyone. Many educators and school staff administer PFA regularly without even realizing it. Please review the newely developed PFA's aimed at supporting our Black community. Please check out LAUSD School Mental Health for more information.
PFA - Racial Trauma-Supporting Black Students -PowerPoint LinkProcessing Police Brutality: It's Impact on Mental Health, Minneapolis Public Schools, Mental Health Support Team: https://sites.google.com/mpls.k12.mn.us/processingpolicebrutality/home#h.o6cwzbhhnhfp (This resource was designed to be used over several days. Not all content is appropriate for all students. Please use your judgment and monitor your students' reactions. If you would like consultation about which content to use, please reach out to Human Relations, Diversity & Equity or School Mental Health.)Resources for Educators during the Trials of the Former Officers Involved in the Death of George Floyd, MN Department of Education: file:///C:/Users/Frances/Downloads/Resources%20for%20Educators%20during%20the%20Trials%20of%20the%20Former%20Officers%20Involved%20in%20the%20Death%20of%20George%20Floyd.pdfThe Moment: Black Lives Matter This Week and Always, Learning for Justice: https://www.learningforjustice.org/the-moment/march-29-2021-black-lives-matter-this-week-and-alwaysTrial Processing Toolkit, the Legal Rights Center: https://www.legalrightscenter.org/trial-processing-toolkit.html (This content may not be appropriate for all students. Please use your judgment and monitor student's reactions. Reach out for consultation, as needed)For more, please see this Toolkit for Working with African American and Black Individuals SharPoint Link
Preparing for Ramadan 2021
Ramadan is the ninth month of the Islamic calendar and will fall between April 12 and May 12 in 2020. It is widely observed by Muslims as a month of fasting to celebrate the first revelation of the Quran to Muhammad (the prophet in their religion). Fasting as a religious practice occurs among many religions. In the Islamic faith, fasting between dawn and dusk is recommended for healthy persons beginning with puberty. Ramadan is not regarded as an opportunity to avoid aspects of normal life, but is rather viewed an opportunity to cope with normal life under a different set of circumstances.
In addition to refraining from all foods and liquids between dusk and dawn, some Muslims also avoid swimming during this period. The observance allows participants to break their fast for health reasons. Persons who are pregnant, nursing, menstruating, sick, injured or have a medical condition (such as diabetes) should not fast. Many Muslims will take off school or work on Eid al-Fitr to celebrate the culmination of Ramadan around May 12th.
Fasting Muslims typically have a hearty pre-dawn breakfast to carry them through the day until their evening meal after sunset. Schools may accommodate fasting students by allowing them to take important tests in the morning before the hunger of the late afternoon compromises their focus, providing an alternate location while their peers are eating, and modifying strenuous activities during PE. If possible, avoid holding parent or student meetings in the evenings during Ramadan. Supporting our Students during Ramadan
Most of all, facilitate an understanding and affirming environment among all staff that fosters respect and care for all students and families.
Check out our Advisory Lesson on Ramadan here:
April 24th is Armenian Martyrs Day Commemoration of Armenian Genocide. It is the commemoration of 1.5 million Armenians in the Ottoman Empire who perished between 1915 and 1923. Please see our updated Advisory Lesson here. For more April commemoritive dates please see our advisory lesson page.
LAUSD Condemns Hatred and Violence towards the Asian Community
The Office of Human Relations, Diversity & Equity recognizes the ongoing struggle and pain endured by our Asian community. In this moment, we challenge our school communities to engage in dialogue about what everyone can do to help end Anti-Asian racism and discrimination. On March 8th, 2021 the LAUSD School Board also released a statement regarding this ongoing crisis. Read the statement here.
For more resources or to report hate crimes please check out Stop AAPI Hate or click the image below.
The Office of Human Relations, Diversity and Equity encourages all staff to review the Psychological First Aid handout for a refresher on how to use the tools you already have to support yourselves and your students who may be struggling. Furthermore, all staff should also be aware of services available to them through the district Employee Assistance Program.
Below, please find some Advisory Lessons, Zoom backgrounds, and additional resources that may assist in supporting the dialogue around Anti-Asian racism and discrimination.
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