Message in response to DACA decision

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The David Douglas School District today reaffirms our commitment that our schools are safe and welcoming places for all students, regardless of national origin, immigration status or documentation status. This week’s announcement that the federal Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program will be discontinued unless Congress acts in the next six months does not change our dedication to equity and achievement for every student who walks through our doors.

Last Spring, the David Douglas School Board adopted an inclusive resolution, codifying existing Board policy that we will embrace and protect every student. This commitment has not and will not change. David Douglas Schools must and will remain safe and productive learning environments for each of our students, regardless of income level, national origin, religious affiliation, gender, race, or ANY other possible differences. Our core values emphasize our focus on diversity and equity as part of our mission to help every student learn, grow and thrive.

We will do everything in our power to protect our students. We want to be clear that per our own policy and statute, no student information will be released to any authorities without a warrant or other court order. All of our school leaders and office staff are directed to deny any such request.

In fact, the law prohibits public schools from asking about, or maintaining information on, a student’s immigration status or documentation. We do not ask for, track, nor do we have this information to release. Public schools by definition are for everyone. We don’t turn away any child from receiving an education. As a District, we embrace this belief.

As a school District, we play a crucial role in creating an inclusive and welcoming environment free of discrimination for all, regardless of race, ethnicity, immigration status, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, economic status, language spoken, political beliefs, religion or disability. Simply put every human being in our schools will be treated with respect, dignity and welcomed.

The David Douglas School District will continue our commitment and work to ensure students feel safe, welcomed, and that they have an identity and belong in our schools.

Thank you for believing in each of our students.