During the COVID-19 pandemic, false information about Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders led to the increase of hate incidents towards the community. According Stop AAPI Hate, over 6,600 hate incidents were reported between March 2020 and March 2021.
APAPA does not condone bullying or harassment of any kind and schools are not the exception. Racism and xenophobia have no place in America. Our children must feel safe and comfortable when walking into their learning spaces. In the event that children face discrimination in school, it is important to know how to confront COVID-19 related harassments.
If your child experiences discrimination at school please follow the U.S. Department of Justice and the U.S. Department of Education’s guideline on how to address the issue:
- Notify a school leader such as a principal or student affairs staff immediately.
- Write down the details about what happened, where and when the incident happened, who was involved, and the names of any witnesses.
- Ask for an interpreter if you need help understanding complaint forms in your language.
- Consider filing a complaint if the school does not take the appropriate steps to address your concern or if the discrimination continues.
For more information on how to confront COVID-19 related harassment in schools visit the information provided by the U.S. Department of Justice and the U.S. Department of Education below.