Upland Unified investigating ‘hurtful’ message about China and COVID-19 – San Bernardino Sun



An Upland Unified School District employee is under investigation for sending an electronic message to parents and students that included offensive remarks about China and the COVID-19 pandemic as part of an announcement about celebrating Lunar New Year.

An apology posted by the school district Tuesday, Feb. 1, on its website, Instagram and Twitter pages  said the employee’s message included “insensitive and hurtful statements” that were “understandably upsetting” to families at the elementary school that received the message via its in-house messaging app.

Usually, teachers use the “Remind App” to inform students and families of classroom assignments, upcoming special events and other school matters.

 

The message was sent to one classroom at one of the district’s elementary schools but has been read and discussed within the greater school community, the district reported. The district declined to name the school or the position of the employee who sent the offensive message.

“We’ve pretty much said everything we are able to say until we find out what’s going on with the staff investigation,” district spokesperson Liz Pinney-Muglia said Thursday, Feb. 3.

The conduct of the employee was being investigated “as a personnel matter,” the district reported, adding it would not comment further nor provide additional details. Pinney-Muglia said the district’s Human Resources Department is conducting the investigation. She said commenting further would distract teachers and students from daily school routines.

“We want to be clear that the individual’s statements do not reflect the values of the Upland Unified School District,” the written social media response concluded, adding that diversity is central to the district’s mission and goals.



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