Oakland high school students walked out of their classrooms Monday to protest the election of Donald Trump as president.
Dozens of students held signs and chanted as they marched through downtown Oakland. Similar demonstrations were underway in Los Angeles.
Racist graffiti and behavior has been reported at schools, including in the Alameda Unified School District, Supt. Sean McPhetridge said in a statement Sunday.
"I want all of our AUSD families to know that it is unacceptable to us as a district and against what we stand for as Americans to see these hateful and exclusive behaviors," he said.
On Monday, community members planned to stand outside schools to welcome students and remind them, "Everyone belongs here," he said.
"We do not tolerate hate speech, bullying, racism, sexism, homophobia, or any other forms of hatred," McPhetridge said.
In a letter to families following Tuesday's election, McPhetridge said the district is dedicated to providing "an inclusive, safe and secure environment."
"Regardless of the divisive rhetoric that has [often] dominated presidential campaign, I am confident our democratic values will prevail, and we must remember to keep faith in that," he wrote.