Superintendent Message regarding DACA / Mensaje del Superintendente con respecto a DACA

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To All Members of the Goleta Union School District:

I am very disheartened at the action of our president to rescind the Deferred Action Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, known as the “Dream Act.” The DACA allows young undocumented immigrants to live, study and work in the U.S. Unless Congress takes legislative action, the DACA will expire on March 5, 2018. We must not allow this action to disrupt the lives of our students and their families.

In correspondence from State Schools Chief Tom Torlakson, he denounced Trump’s decision to suspend the Dream Act and stated that California will keep protecting and supporting our public school students and their families.

I would like to remind our community that last February our Board of Trustees passed a resolution entitled Resolution in Support of Students. We are publishing this resolution again to remind you of our position to support all students regardless of immigration status. We do not believe there will be immigration action at our schools and our schools will continue to be safe places for children. Please join me in supporting our students and our school community to ensure a safe, secure and welcoming environment for all.

Resolution in Support of Students in the Goleta Union School District

WHEREAS, the Goleta Union School District Board of Education believes that the physical safety and emotional well-being of all children and families in our district is critical to students being able to achieve and thrive, and,

WHEREAS, the mission of the Goleta Union School District is to maximize academic, intellectual, and personal growth in order for each student to prosper in, and positively influence, a diverse and dynamic world, and,

WHEREAS, Federal law guarantees all children the right to a free K-12 public education, including children who were brought to the United States without legal status, and,

WHEREAS, our ongoing commitment to our community’s children is that their schools are a safe place for them and for their families, regardless of their race, ethnicity, religion, national origin, immigration status, gender, language, socioeconomic status, gender identity or expression, medical condition or disability, sexual orientation, and,

WHEREAS, this safe and inviting environment of our district would be disrupted by the presence of the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) employees who come on to Goleta Union School District property for the purposes of removing students or their family members, or obtaining information about students and their families; and

WHEREAS, Goleta Union School District staff have no purpose in enforcing federal civil immigration law and do not act as immigrations agents; and

WHEREAS, the Board believes that the students’ ability to achieve is negatively impacted by the removal of family members which may leave students without supervising adults to care for them; and

WHEREAS, as a school district community, we stand together to create a supportive environment where every person is respected and valued: where no election result changes our commitment to ALL of our students, and our students can depend on district staff to model and maintain an environment where they can flourish, and,

WHEREAS, as a board, we invite parents, neighbors, and those committed to supporting our community’s children to work collaboratively with us as we continue to support them in reaching their full potential in a diverse and changing world;

THEREFORE, BE IT HEREBY RESOLVED, that as a school district, we will continue to welcome and support children from all backgrounds, including those from undocumented families, will protect the confidentiality of information we have about our students and families and will keep immigration authorities off our campuses to the fullest extent provided by law, and be it further

RESOLVED, that the Superintendent shall provide information and resources for immigrant students and families at all District locations; and be it further

RESOLVED, that the Board encourages appropriate professional development for staff necessary to implement the provisions of this resolution including how to respond to immigration control personnel.

ADOPTED, SIGNED AND APPROVED, this 22nd day of February 2017.

By: Luz Reyes-Martin
President of the Board of Trustees of the Goleta Union School District

By: Richard Mayer
Clerk of the Board of Trustees of the Goleta Union School District