Last year's national election has left the country divided on many fronts. This dissension has caused myriad emotional responses among members of our school community. No matter your personal perspective, as a school system, we are united in our commitment to always value each and every student we serve and to uphold a culture of safety and respect for diverse perspectives. It is our responsibility to maintain a positive climate to ensure student learning can occur without disruption.
Our schools remain a welcoming, safe space for all students, who are encouraged to talk about their feelings with trusted adults, including principals, counselors, and teachers. Parents and guardians are key partners, and we are working diligently to make them aware that all children, regardless of immigration status, have a constitutional right to attend our schools.
The following resources, which the San Diego County Office of Education has compiled to assist parents, districts, and schools, are not meant to be exhaustive, nor is their inclusion an endorsement of a particular political viewpoint.
Resources for Parents
Immigration Law Briefing for Parents (Presentation moderated by Elizabeth Zamora-Mejia, partner at Atkinson, Andelson, Loya, Ruud & Romo. Guest speakers are: Gabriel Sandoval from Atkinson, Andelson; Katelyn Brazer from Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles; and Elizabeth Camarena from Casa Cornelia Law Center).
Resources for Educators
The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program was established by President Barack Obama in 2012 to grant a form of temporary protection from deportation to undocumented immigrants who came to the United States before the age of 16, have resided here since June 2007, and meet other requirements. On Sept. 5, 2017, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced it has initiated what it calls "the orderly wind down" of the program.
With nearly 27,000 DACA recipients living in San Diego County, manylocal students and parents have questions about what this decision means. These resources are intended to help address those questions.