A Welcoming Place for our Students and Their Families.

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As many of you know, last week, Attorney General Jeff Sessions confirmed reports that the administration is rescinding Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program over the next two and half years. DACA—established in June 2012—allows undocumented youth brought to the United States as children relief from deportation and gives them the right to work legally. Nearly 800,000 young people have participated in this program. The Pew Research Center estimates almost 7 percent of current K-12 students are undocumented or have one undocumented parent at home. Many DACA participants have graduated from high school or college and are valuable contributors to their communities. These children and adults include members of our greater independent school community across the country.

The National Association of Independent Schools, the national membership organization comprising 1,700 independent schools, released a statement this week which includes the following, “As schools, we have a fundamental responsibility to provide a safe environment for all students. A large portion of the bias incidents and hate crimes in the country over the last year have occurred on campuses. It is our duty to help every member of our community understand that while diversity of opinion and dialogue are to be encouraged, bias and discrimination will not be tolerated in our schools.” Similarly, Seattle Public Schools released a statement that the district “stands with our governor, state attorney general, local legislative delegation and elected city and county leaders against the end of DACA. We have hope that Congress will act swiftly to find a positive solution.”

At Lake Washington Girls Middle School, the safety of our students is of utmost importance. We believe we have a responsibility to protect children and create a safe and healthy environment for all students, and we support the right of all students to attend school. We are committed to educating children regardless of religion, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender expression, country of origin or immigration status. We will never ask for or record information regarding student or family immigration status.

It is also important to us that every member of our community is valued. As a diverse school community that places a value on social justice, we will work together to steward the school as an inclusive and welcoming place for our students and their families.

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Patricia Hearn
Head of School

For additional information, please see the resources listed below provided by NAIS.

Background on DACA

Immigration Information for DACA Recipients

Emotional Support for Community Members