“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.
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.
“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.
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?
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?
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.
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