Statement on the Suspension of DACA
As educators, we are disturbed by the President’s recent decision to suspend the protections established by the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. The implications of this decision will be far reaching in our local community and across the nation. In response, the Glendale Unified School District reiterates its commitment to welcome all students and families to its schools, regardless of immigration status.
As an early stance, in February 2017, the Board of Education unanimously adopted a resolution declaring Glendale USD schools as safe zones for students threatened because of their immigration status. Our Board further adopted policy and supported Administrative Regulations declaring that we will never ask for a students’ or parents’ immigration status. Further, Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents do not and will not have access to schools or students without a court order that has been reviewed by the Superintendent or designee.
At the September 5 Board meeting, Board President Nayiri Nahabedian stated for the public record, “my fellow board members and I want to reaffirm the Glendale Unified School District’s commitment to all families, including those who are undocumented. Our schools will continue to be places where students can learn and thrive without fear of being asked about their immigrant status and without fear that they will be reported if their immigrant status is known.”
President Nahabedian concluded, “we are resolute in our commitment to provide all of our students an education. Our undocumented students contribute to our country and to our schools every day and this is home to them. They have dreams for a better America and a better future, which is a sentiment shared by all of us.”
This is a frightening time for many students and their families. Working in partnership with the community, we are providing schools with resources and materials to support and guide those who are directly impacted by the recent DACA decision. We will continue to provide educational services to all GUSD students. Our dedicated counselors and other staff are available to assist students who are dealing with these immediate threats to their future.
Winfred B. Roberson, Jr.
Superintendent of Schools
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