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Board Resolution to Protect All Students

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Our schools are and will be safe places, and we will do all in our legal power to ensure this continues to be the case.

Dear DPS Community,

We know there are a lot of questions, concerns and fear among our students, as well as our team members and parents, surrounding immigration policy and what it means for those in our schools and community.

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Supt. Tom Boasberg

Last night, to address the concerns of our kids and our families and to give them full confidence that our schools are and will be safe places, our Board of Education unanimously passed a ground-breaking resolution. The resolution stresses Denver Public Schools will do everything in our lawful power to protect our students’ confidential information and ensure that our students’ learning environments are not disrupted by immigration enforcement activity.

Read the resolution in English, Spanish, Arabic and Vietnamese, our most common languages. Visit the Safe and Welcoming School District page for additional languages.

“There is great strength and solidarity in standing together as a community to protect the rights of our students,” said Board Member Lisa Flores, who introduced the resolution along with Board Member Rachele Espiritu.

I want to highlight that we have not had nor do we have any information that leads us to believe there will be immigration actions at our schools. Federal guidelines continue to provide that schools are sensitive places where immigration enforcement should not take place , and we will continue to advocate for those guidelines to remain in place. We do not want to create any additional fear or panic in our communities.

At the same time, we felt it is very important to emphasize publicly that our schools are and will be safe places, and we will do all in our legal power to ensure this continues to be the case should federal immigration policy in fact change.

I deeply appreciate the leadership of our Board on this resolution and the partnership we have with the City of Denver in these matters under Mayor Hancock’s leadership.

In these challenging times, we must all keep at the forefront that these are our kids and our communities. And what impacts them affects us all.

Best,
Tom


Resources for Team DPS Staff Members, Students and Families

Immigration Rights FAQ
We have updated our Immigration Rights FAQ for Families, which answers common questions such as these:

Q: What impact does undocumented immigration status have on my child’s education?

  • A: None. Children have a constitutional right to have equal access to education regardless of their immigration status or their parents’ status. That right cannot be taken away by the president or the state or federal legislatures.

Q: If I am a parent or guardian and I am worried about being detained while my child is at school, what should I do?

  • A: In the event that any parents are detained during school hours, the district will engage our crisis and emergency response teams to support our students. Please take this opportunity to update your emergency contact information for your students either at your school or in Parent Portal.

Link to our newly updated Immigration Rights FAQ for Families in English, Spanish, Arabic and Vietnamese. Visit the Safe and Welcoming School District page for additional languages.

Student and Family School Supports
In addition, to further respond to concerns, we h ave prepared a list of supports that DPS provides to students, families and educators during periods of high trauma and stress. We encourage you to review the list and take advantage of the resources offered.

See the list in English, Spanish, Arabic and Vietnamese. Visit the Safe and Welcoming School District page for additional languages.


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