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 Education Staff Sought to Support Unaccompanied Migrant Children

The San Diego County Office of Education (SDCOE) is seeking educators to support the educational program for the unaccompanied migrant children who will be staying at the San Diego Convention Center through July. 

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services designated the convention center as an emergency intake site to help transition the children out of Border Patrol custody more rapidly.

An estimated 1,450 girls aged 13-17 will be housed at the site for about 14 to 30 days, until they can be placed with a sponsor by the Office of Refugee Resettlement. SDCOE is providing the educational program, which will require additional certificated and classified school staff to support the students. 

"All children in California, regardless of immigration status, have a constitutional right to education. We also have a moral obligation to ensure a bright future for our children," said County Superintendent of Schools Dr. Paul Gothold. "School employees have already been asked to go above and beyond during the pandemic, and we are committed to ensuring every student has access to a quality education while they are in our region." 

Interested school staff should submit their name, contact information, and availability on this form. SDCOE will contact people on the list once we know more about our staffing needs.

The in-person educational program may not have traditional hours, so there may be opportunities for the county’s educator workforce to teach at the convention center after regular work hours. 

The children will have access to medical services, laundry, toiletries, meals, and a place to sleep. The program at the convention center will follow a COVID-19 screening protocol based on guidelines from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. 

"We want to instill hope, instill joy, and show care for our students while they are with us, no matter if that’s for a few days or a few months," Gothold said.