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Los Angeles Public Schools Create Hotline For Students Upset About Trump

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The Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) has set up a hotline to help out students who are stressed or worried from the election of Donald Trump has president.

The new hotline was announced by LAUSD Tuesday, with the district spreading the word on Twitter, through direct phone calls to district parents, and even via announcements on school intercoms.

According to the Los Angeles Times, the district has also opened several “extended support sites” at offices around the city to provide direct assistance to worried students and families.

“Although it has been nearly a month since the presidential election, many of our students still have questions and concerns about potential impact on them and their families,” Superintendent Michelle King said in the recorded phone call for parents. “As part of our commitment to providing a safe and positive learning environment, we are providing additional resources for our families.”

Seventy-four percent of LAUSD’s 655,000 students are Hispanic, and the district includes thousands of students who are illegal immigrants or the children of illegal immigrants. The district saw major protests and student walkouts following Trump’s electoral victory on November 8. School officials have made their own views clear, with the school board officially voting the district’s schools a “safe zone” for illegal immigrants a week after Trump’s win.

The hotlines and support sites are partly intended to provide information about enrollment and other factors of importance to parents, but that’s not their exclusive purpose. According to the district, they are also intended to provide “emotional support” for students who are psychologically devastated by Trump’s win. It isn’t immediately clear what form this emotional support will take, but the district says it hasn’t had to hire any new staff to provide its new service.

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