Riverview School Board resolves to support all students

  • Thursday, March 30, 2017 11:38am
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The Riverview School Board voted unanimously last month to approve Resolution 17-01, “Riverview’s Commitment to Support All Students.”

The resolution reiterates the district’s commitment to support all students and families. The school board and superintendent worked together on the resolution.

Also in the resolution is a list of resources families can access for more information.

The resolution reads: “Whereas, the Riverview School District is an inclusive, collaborative, family oriented school district with high expectations, and will continue to provide support and advocacy on behalf of each student and every family we serve; and

“Whereas, as a result of the U.S. Supreme Court Case Plyer v. Doe in 1982, the Court ruled that undocumented students have the same right to attend public schools as U.S. citizens and permanent residents; and

“Whereas, public schools may not deny admission to a student during initial enrollment or at any other time on the basis of immigration status; and

“Whereas, public schools may not treat a student differently to determine residency; and

“Whereas, public schools may not engage in any practices that might have a “chilling effect” on school enrollment; and

“Whereas, public schools may not require students or parents to disclose or document their immigration status, including Social Security numbers; and

“Whereas, public schools may not make inquiries of students or parents that may expose their undocumented status. Examples include asking for a student’s status when enrolling the student as an English learner or when enrolling for free or reduced-priced meals; and

“Whereas, some information, such as a student’s race, ethnicity, and address (if not homeless) is collected. But the student’s personal information cannot be disclosed to the public, nor can it be used to deny enrollment; and

“Whereas, our state’s public education system exists to help our students learn. It does not function, nor will it function, as an arm of federal immigration services; and

“Be it therefore resolved by the Riverview School District No. 407 Board of Directors that we, the undersigned, are committed to equity, access, understanding and respect for all of our students. Our schools will be a safe zone for students to learn and thrive.”

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