A message from Superintendent Banda
SCUSD is committed to providing positive, safe environments for all students

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A message from Superintendent José L. Banda:

The lesson of last week’s presidential election is that we live in a divided country. No matter how you voted in the election, I think we can all agree that campaign rhetoric and questions about the future of our country have stoked fears, sadness and anger in our community and in cities across the United States.

I want to ensure you that the lesson of tomorrow – and every day at SCUSD – is that what divides us can be crossed by building bridges of empathy and respect.

I also want to reassure you that Sacramento City Unified School District’s mission and values have not changed as a result of the election. We remain dedicated to supporting and educating all children who cross our thresholds. We are steadfast in our resolve to make our schools safe, supportive and accepting environments for students, faculty and staff. We are committed to teaching our students to be kind, respectful and civil in their discourse in and out of the classroom. 

Furthermore, let me be clear, we do not tolerate racism, bullying, misogyny or homophobia and those who engage in such behaviors will face consequences.

Teacher Julie Tarman may have said it best in a letter to her students, in which she wrote: “We will get through this day, this year, together. We will respect each other and learn from one another. You are a beloved part of this country and this community.”

Together, let’s recommit to our efforts to build bridges and move forward without fear. As a united community, anything is possible. Our children deserve nothing less.


Superintendent José L. Banda