Message of Support for Our Students and Families

A lot of confusion and concern surrounds many of the messages and orders that have come out of the White House during President Trump’s first week in office. It is unfortunate because much of it is creating fear in our children and their families, as well as uncertainty throughout our entire district and community.

As has been already said by a number of school districts around the country, our schools are and will continue to be safe zones for every child and every family member. Under federal law, it is the right of every child, regardless of immigration status, to access a free public K-12 education and Godfrey-Lee Public Schools welcomes and supports all students.

The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act, commonly known as “FERPA,” prohibits school districts from providing third parties, such as the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (I.C.E.), information contained in student records.

I have directed our school administrators and staff to refer any inquiries from any federal, state or local law enforcement officials regarding student records and/or the immigration status of any of our students and their families directly to me. It is my intention to uphold the federal protections that already exist. No confidential access to any student records will be allowed without a judicial warrant, subpoena or court order, unless authorized by the student’s parent(s) or required by law. I will consult the district’s legal counsel in the event any inquiries regarding immigration status are made by outside agencies.

Our district has made a commitment to a quality education for all students, which includes a stable learning environment, the preservation of classroom hours for educational instruction, and the requirement of school attendance. My message here is to reinforce a sense of safety and security so that our classrooms and our schools will continue to be safe learning spaces for every child.

David Britten, Superintendent

Mensaje de Apoyo para Nuestros Estudiantes y sus Familias

Mucha confusión y preocupación rodea muchos de los mensajes  y órdenes que han salido de la Casa Blanca durante la primera semana del Presidente Trump en la oficina. Esto es desafortunado, porque ésto está creando miedo en nuestros niños y sus familias, así como incertidumbre a lo largo de todo nuestro distrito y comunidad.

Como ha sido dicho ya por varios distritos escolares alrededor del país, nuestras escuelas son y continuarán siendo zonas seguras para todo niño(a) y todo miembro de la familia. Bajo la ley federal, es el derecho de todo niño(a) sin importar su estatus migratorio, acceder a una educación en una escuela pública K-12 gratuita y las Escuelas Públicas  Godfrey-Lee aceptan y apoyan a todos los estudiantes.

El Acta de los Derechos Educativos de la Familia y Privacidad, conocida comúnmente como “FERPA,” prohíbe a los distritos escolares proporcionar a terceros, como  Inmigración y Aduanas de los EE.UU. (I.C.E.), información contenida en los expedientes de los estudiantes.

Yo  he ordenado a los directores de nuestras escuelas  y al personal referir directamente a mí,  cualquier petición de cualquier funcionario encargado de hacer cumplir la ley federal, estatal o local  relacionada con los expedientes de los estudiantes  y/o el estatus migratorio de cualquiera de nuestros alumnos  y sus familias. Mi intención es defender las protecciones federales existentes.  No será permitido ningún acceso confidencial  a los expedientes  de ningún estudiante sin una orden judicial, citación u orden de la corte, a menos que sea autorizado por los padres del estudiante o que sea solicitado por la ley.  Yo consultaré al consejero legal del distrito en el caso de que agencias externas hagan cualquier consulta   relacionada con el estatus migratorio.  

Nuestro distrito ha hecho un compromiso de tener una educación de calidad para todos  los estudiantes, lo cual incluye un ambiente de aprendizaje estable, la preservación de las horas del salón de clases para la instrucción educativa y el requisito de asistencia escolar. Mi mensaje aquí, es para reforzar el sentido de seguridad para que nuestros salones de clases y nuestras escuelas continúen siendo espacios seguros de aprendizaje para todo  niño(a).

David Britten, Superintendente

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About David Britten

Retired U.S. Army Officer, former elementary, middle and high school principal, currently serving as a public school superintendent.
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2 Responses to Message of Support for Our Students and Families

  1. Reblogged this on Mister Journalism: "Reading, Sharing, Discussing, Learning" and commented:
    Responding to POTUS’ immigration executive order, one Grand Rapids area K-12 school superintendent directs his school administrators and staff “to refer any inquiries from any federal, state or local law enforcement officials regarding student records and/or the immigration status of any of our students and their families directly to me. It is my intention to uphold the federal protections that already exist. No confidential access to any student records will be allowed without a judicial warrant, subpoena or court order, unless authorized by the student’s parent(s) or required by law. I will consult the district’s legal counsel in the event any inquiries regarding immigration status are made by outside agencies.”

    Read his full blog post here: https://rebel6.wordpress.com/2017/01/29/message-of-support-for-our-students-and-families/

  2. Pingback: Message of Support for Our Students and Families | Mister Journalism: "Reading, Sharing, Discussing, Learning"

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