We recognize that actions taken by the White House, including a new executive order restricting immigration and orders to increase immigration enforcement, are unsettling to many of our families.
We want to reiterate our commitment to our students’ safety. We will do everything in our power to keep our students safe at school. Specifically:
Certain information about students is considered public information, and we are legally obligated to provide it to law enforcement unless instructed by a parent/guardian to keep it confidential. This information includes a student’s name, address, and birthdate. In the past, this “student directory information” has included place of birth. District leadership has decided to remove birthplace from our list of designated directory information, and it will be kept confidential. To learn more about directory information and how to restrict it, click here
It is a long-standing practice for immigration officials to treat schools as “sensitive locations.” That means ICE agents have not come to schools to investigate or detain undocumented individuals. If that should change under the current administration, and if ICE agents come to a school,
We will do everything we can under the law to protect students, and we will help them be informed about their rights by directing them to reliable resources. Staff must be very careful not to provide legal advice or outdated information that could compromise someone’s safety. This is a very real danger, as immigration policy is changing week to week. We have built a
listing organizations that exist to assist immigrants and refugees. Please refer to these resources.