School Board Declares Southern Humboldt a ‘Safe Haven School District’

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Students from Southern Humboldt Unified School District’s Facebook page.

Press release from the Southern Humboldt Unified School District School Board:


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.



  • Thank you SHUSD💖

  • Bunch of bullshit to prohibit law enforcement to fulfill its responsibility by banning ICE on school district property. When will we understand that we need an orderly immigration system? I’m not lacking empathy for people from other countries wanting a better life by coming to the US. In fact, if the shoe was on the other foot, you can bet that I would cross the border without papers to come here. What I object to is the absolute chaos caused by porous borders, allowing God knows who to enter the country. Don’t call me a racist, because I’m not. I’ve lived abroad for a number of years, have many friends who “aren’t from here”, am fluent in Spanish and can get by in French and Russian. School Board Trustees have many more important issues than to attempt to avoid the law of the land.

    • Educate Yourself?

      [edit] It does not say that they are completely banned, it says that they must have scheduled a visit to the campus prior to coming.
      This just means that they cannot show up unannounced and take a child out of school. Makes perfect sense to me.

  • Yes! My appreciation also!

  • Love it 🙂

  • Looks like this is in keeping with the expressed values of SHUSD. Keep up the good work, guys!

  • OK, so next summer if a HCSO convoy is on it’s way to my mountain can I go to the school and hide like a coward?

  • Define the hate speech & consequences please, so that parents & students will know ahead of time why they are being arrested for saying Trumpet, crackers, he, she, private, conservative, self governing, self sufficiency, DIY, individual, research, curiosity, originality, critical thinking, .. please be thorough and thoughtful.
    Please share with the community the expected hidden costs for court & law suits, that will replace education materials.
    Please explain why you have previously allowed hate in our schools.
    Please define your use of the term “hate”.
    Please explain how you plan on avoiding being sued when ICE just happens to catch a wanted felon on school grounds.
    Please share the expected hidden costs for felons sueing the school district for allowing the felon to be caught on or by the school grounds. (There is a likewise case in SF I believe).
    Please share with the community why protection of a felon is a greater need than protection of the children, staff, parents & community.
    I suggest you hire someone to rewrite your defensive stance with an appropriate guideline for all individual’s care & protection in mind. We are a diverse nation, with diverse levels of issues, solutions, & thoughtfullness.

  • Honeydew Bridge Chump

    Bunch of Sally’s and snowflakes…

    This all stopped yesterday.

    These people should be forced to labor on building the wall and dropped on the other side of it when it’s completed.

    Let those filthy labor union teachers try their communism in another country.

    Keep America Beautiful -. leave!

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