School Board Declares Southern Humboldt a ‘Safe Haven School District’
Press release from the Southern Humboldt Unified School District School Board:
School Board Declares Southern Humboldt a Safe Haven School District UPHOLDS PRINCIPLES IN U.S. DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE AND PROTECTS LOCAL STUDENTS AND FAMILIES
In response to statewide reports of increased bullying, harassment, and intimidation of K-12 students based on immigration status, religious, or ethnic identification, the Southern Humboldt Unified School District (SHUSD) Board of Trustees passed a resolution at its January meeting to make SHUSD a safe haven school district.
Trustees instructed the superintendent to work closely with community organizations, as well as local and state government entities, to ensure SHUSD students and families are offered a protected space. To the fullest extent provided by the law, the trustees reaffirmed the authority of the superintendent to protect the data and identities of any student, family member, or school employee who may be adversely affected by any future policies or executive action that results in the collection of personally identifiable information. They also expressly prevented Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents from being present on school campuses or property without the superintendent’s prior written approval.
These actions are consistent with SHUSD’s focus on promoting tolerance, inclusiveness and kindness among students, families and staff; and SHUSD’s “commitment to ensuring a safe educational environment for all students,” said Board President Dennis O’Sullivan. “We will serve as a safe haven school district for students and families threatened by immigration enforcement or discrimination to the fullest extent provided by the law.”
All students can learn and succeed, but not on the same day in the same way. ~William G. Spady
The school board resolution defined “safe haven” to include the following:
⦁ Promoting tolerance and acceptance over hate speech;
⦁ Maintaining that, in compliance with Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s
2011policy stating that it will not conduct immigration enforcement activity at any sensitive location, which includes all district facilities and equipment, without permission by specific federal law enforcement officials; unless exigent circumstances exist; ICE shall not be allowed to enter school sites or district properties without written approval from the Superintendent.
⦁ Restricting the sharing of student files that may be used to ascertain the legal;
status of students;
⦁ Designating SHUSD school sites, facilities, and equipment as safe havens for
⦁ students, families, and the community;
⦁ Allocating adequate resources necessary to support diversity, inclusion, and the
⦁ values of a multicultural society;
⦁ Hosting a day of understanding across SHUSD;
⦁ Offering focused professional development opportunities for all levels of staff;
⦁ Endorsing a set of unifying activities determined by the school site;
The SHUSD Board of Trustees directed the superintendent to develop and implement a plan, in consultation with stakeholder groups, to fulfill the requirements outlined within this resolution and report back to them at the first school board meeting in March.