January 30, 2017 - FAQs: Immigration and School Enrollment
Hello AAPS Community,
We are grateful for our educators who support our students every day within our diverse, international learning community in the Ann Arbor Public Schools. We want to share responses to the following questions regarding immigration status and school and reinforce our strong commitment to protect all our students from discrimination.
Q: What impact does undocumented immigration status have on my child’s education?
- A: A child’s immigration status or that of their parents has no bearing at school. Children have a constitutional right to have equal access to education regardless of their immigration status or their parents’ status.
Q: In the Ann Arbor Public Schools, do school personnel inquire about a child’s immigration status when he or she enrolls?
- A: No. Public school districts have an obligation to enroll students regardless of their immigration status and without discrimination on the basis of race, color or national origin.
Q: Would the school district ever share our students’ immigration status with the federal immigration officials?
- A: We do not ask for students’ immigration status when they enroll. If we should become aware of a student’s lack of immigration status, we would not share that information with the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS).
Q: What does the Ann Arbor Public Schools do to ensure that no student or family is discriminated against or harassed because of their race, ethnicity, religion or national origin?
- A: The AAPS believes deeply in ensuring equity – it is one of our core values. We have policies in place that mandate no discrimination or harassment for our students, families or employees on the base of race, ethnicity, religion, national origin and many other protected classes.
Q: What should I do if I feel like I have been the victim of discrimination or harassment?
- A: Please report the behavior immediately to a supervisor, school leader or to the superintendent. We take these complaints very seriously in order to assure that our schools continue to be safe spaces for all.
Q: What should I do if I have questions about immigration?
- A: Only immigration attorneys can provide you with accurate advice about immigration status and how you can pursue any legal rights you might have. For your own protection, please do not seek the advice of others who are not licensed immigration attorneys. You can seek an immigration attorney from the American Immigration Lawyers Association.
Jeanice K. Swift
Superintendent of Schools
Ann Arbor Public Schools
Note: Content in this document was drawn from a number of agencies and organizations, including the Denver Public Schools, and we acknowledge their good work.