Statement on Behalf of the District in Response to Events in Washington, D.C. on January 6

Placentia, Calif. (January 7, 2021): While this is a troubling time for our nation, the Placentia-Yorba Linda Unified School District (PYLUSD) wants to remind our students, employees, families, and community members that our organization does not tolerate violence. Rather, we foster a culture that promotes the emotional health, safety, and well-being of all. Our school district recognizes and teaches our students the importance of respecting others and the power of freedom of speech and expression. We teach our students how our government works and how our electoral process works so that they leave our schools with the tools necessary to become informed voters who understand concepts such as how election day voting and the electoral college work in concert to select our presidents and to facilitate a peaceful transition of power. Freedom of speech and our electoral process are cornerstones of our American democracy.

Pursuant to Board Bylaw (BB) 9021(I), Governance Standards, Board Members are expected to “Act with dignity, and understand the implications of demeanor and behavior.” Additionally, in alignment with BB 9011.1, Public Statements, Board Members may make public statements and participate in public discourse on matters of civic or community interest and utilize their right to freely express their personal views. Board members also have a responsibility to identify personal viewpoints as such and not as the viewpoint of the Board and the Placentia-Yorba Linda Unified School District. To the extent any public statements were made by or about any individual Board member concerning the events that took place on January 6 in Washington, D.C., we want to be clear that those statements were not viewpoints shared by the Board or the Placentia-Yorba Linda Unified School District.