All staff will support our immigrant students and families
It is critical that all staff understand immigrant and undocumented students’ rights and your obligations as a staff member in supporting students and families. Here are the highlights:
- All children, regardless of immigration status, are legally entitled to a free public education: Based on the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Plyler v. Doe, public schools cannot deny access to education because of a child’s immigration status.
- Student and family immigration status is confidential: Under no circumstance should staff ask a student or family about their immigration status or ask a question that may lead families to self-disclose their status. Do not make assumptions about their status. If you learn of a student or family’s immigration status, do not share that information with anyone in any way, including recording such information in our data systems or email.
- Communication with federal agencies or officials is prohibited: Staff may not initiate communication to federal agencies or officials about a student’s or family’s confidential information, including actual or perceived immigration or citizenship status. Staff will deny any request by immigration agents for information or access to a school. If an agent requests information or access, immediately contact your principal and the principal shall contact the Superintendent.
- Do not give legal advice: Staff may receive questions from students and families about immigration status. Please refrain from providing legal advice. Instead, direct families to the resources at mmsd.org/immigration.