Salinas City Elementary School District’s Board of Education voted unanimously Monday (January 9, 2017) to designate all 14 schools as “Safe Havens” that protect students regardless of immigration status.
District Resolution 2016/17-13 comes amid fears expressed by students and parents that undocumented residents will face deportation if a new immigration policy is implemented. Many students and parents have already experienced increased levels of fear and anxiety based on their ethnicity and citizenship status. Our support of schools as “Safe Havens” reinforces the District’s focus on Positive School Culture and Climate.
The resolution affirms that Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents will not be allowed to enter schools or other district property without prior written approval from the Superintendent. It also calls for a restriction on the sharing of information with an agency attempting to ascertain citizenship status. SCESD by its own enrollment policies does not collect citizenship data.
The Board’s resolution was supported by our bargaining units, CSEA (California School Employees Association) and SETC (Salinas City Elementary Teacher’s Council).
“We hope other school districts will join us in standing with our students during these uncertain times,” Superintendent Martha Martinez said.
Superintendent Martha Martinez
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