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Statement in Support of our Afghan Community
Posted 8/17/21



Dear HUSD Community, 


The images coming out of Afghanistan are heartbreaking. The East Bay is home to one of the largest Afghan communities in the U.S. and they form part of our HUSD community. We know many of our families are worried about family members still living in Afghanistan as chaos has enveloped the country in recent days. To our Afghan families, I offer my solidarity and support during this difficult time. The encouragement of lifelong learning guides our district’s work, so it’s particularly devastating to witness the fear instilled in young girls and women who feel their educational journey will now be interrupted.


During challenging times, our community comes together to help those in need because we see ourselves as one HUSD family. Our schools are spaces for learning, but more importantly, they serve as places where our staff nurtures the social-emotional well-being of our students while they are in our care. These recent events come as our community has endured so much as a result of the pandemic. If any student is experiencing distress, families can reach out to school staff to access free resources for them on campus. Please see below for ways that families and staff can also receive help or for ways to support the Afghan community. 


I will continue to stay in touch with our school leaders to better understand the needs of our families and ensure we can respond to those needs. As we’ve rallied around different communities in the past during times of turmoil, we now embrace the Afghan community and offer any resources available to meet this moment.




Matt Wayne, Ed. D., Superintendent



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