K-12 Coalition to Protect Undocumented Students
Statement Of Protection
All students, regardless of immigration status, have a constitutional right to attend public K-12 education (Plyler vs. Doe, 457 U.S. 202, 1982). When students are faced with hostile school environments it greatly affects their academic success as well as their physical and mental health. Students who face victimization and discrimination at school have worse performance outcomes.
Thus, we urge Washington State school districts to support their school staff, undocumented students and families through the following 3 recommended actions:
Uphold Human Rights To Education
Publicly recommit and communicate student's education and human rights to school staff, students and their families. Specifically, that schools have the right to...
Restrict Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents’ access to schools and school districts. (ICE Sensitive Locations, Policy 10029.2, FEA Number: 306-112- 002b)
Protect student and family records and information (FERPA), Including, but not limited to, information that is provided while filing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), Washington Application for State Financial Aid (WASFA), and college applications.((FERPA), 20 U.S.C. 1232g and 34 CFR Part 99)
Implement hate crime and/or hate language reporting process and procedures to monitor safety.
Educate With Excellence
Provide resources, trainings, and encourage your school staff, students and families to seek materials.
Train teachers, staff and administrators on current policies and practices to support undocumented students and families.
Provide spaces or information where students and families can learn about their rights and the school resources available to them.
Be A Safe Space
Make a public statement (board resolution, proclamation, etc.) vowing to create safe spaces for undocumented students and their families.
Support the education and human rights of undocumented students and their families now by signing the Statement of Protection. Click below to sign.
Statement of Protection
The Starter-Ally Toolkit
A community resource for anyone who supports undocumented King County K-12 students and families