Immigrant and Refugee Students Find Sanctuary in Wenatchee Schools

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Superintendent Brian Flones
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Wenatchee School District Superintendent, Brian Flones issued a prepared statement Friday outlining the District’s policies regarding protecting immigrant and refugee student rights

Citing Federal law Flones’ the letter attempts to sooth fears of some in the community over recent Presidential executive orders restricting immigration from Mexico or refugees from several Middle Eastern Countries. The policies appear to be similar to other school districts on the west coast in response to the concerns over possible US Customs Enforcement actions against students. The Federal Education Rights and Privacy Act (FERP) grants sanctuary status to students by not requiring school districts to ask, track or disclose the immigration status of their students.

The following letter was mailed out to all district parents, students and staff 

Superintendent Brian Flones
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A Letter from Superintendent Brian Flones on Immigration and Refugee Support
February 24, 2017
Dear Wenatchee School District Students, Families, Staff, and Community,
I am writing today in response to the current events in our nation surrounding the recent policy and executive orders restricting immigration from Mexico and temporarily stopping immigration from several Middle East countries that are causing fear and uncertainty amongst our Latino families. Our district serves many immigrant and refugee students and families and they are an important part of the rich diversity within our schools and community.
I want you to know that our school district is committed to supporting every student and providing them their legal right to a free public K-12 education, regardless of th eir immigration status, their citizenship, nation of origin, religion, or any other legally protected status. Our school district, under the Federal Education Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), does not ask for nor track a student’s citizenship or immigration status or disclose this information to outside entities.
Our schools will be a safe place for all students to learn and thrive in a setting that does not tolerate any form of discrimination, intimidation, bullying or harassment. We want our students and families to feel safe around the immigration and deportation issues and we are committed to providing assistance and information as needed.
Our daily promise is to put People First, and every interaction promotes person al connections with our students, families, staff, and community. There is no better time than now to live out this promise.
Brian Flones,
Superintendent
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24 de febrero 2017
Tema:  Inmigración y Apoyo de Refugiados
Estimados Estudiantes, Familias, Personal del Distrito, y Comunidad de Wenatchee-
Estoy escribiendo hoy acerca de los eventos que están pasando en nuestra nación. Mucho ya ha pasado debido a pólizas nuevas y ordenes ejecutivas causando temor, desafío, y falta de confianza entre nuestras familias Latinas.  Me refiero específicamente a la póliza y ordenes que restringen la inmigración desde México y parando inmigración para un plazo temporal desde varios países del Medio Oriente.  Nuestro distrito escolar sirve a muchos alumnos y familias quienes son inmigrantes o refugiados y se consideran una parte muy importante de la riqueza de diversidad entre nuestras escuelas y comunidad.
Quiero que sepan que nuestro distrito escolar está comprometido a apoyar cada estudiante y proveerle su derecho legal a una educación gratis y publica desde kinder hasta el grado 12, sin tener en cuenta el estatus migratorio, ciudadanía, país de origen, religión, o cualquier otro estado protegido por la ley.  Nuestro distrito escolar, debido al acta federal de privacidad y derechos educacional (FERPA), no pide ni registra ciudadanía o estatus migratorio, o divulga esta información a ninguna entidad fuera del distrito.
Nuestras escuelas serán lugares seguros para todos los estudiantes, donde aprenderán y prosperarán en un ambiente que no tolera ninguna forma de discriminación, intimidación, o acoso.  Queremos que nuestros estudiantes y familias siempre se sientan seguros al respecto de inmigración y cualquier preocupación de cuestiones de deportación.  Estamos comprometidos a proveer ayuda e información como sea necesario.
Nuestra promesa diaria es poner “La Gente Primero”, y cada interacción promueve conexiones personales con nuestros estudiantes, familias, personal, y comunidad.  No hay una hora mejor para actualizar y demonstrar esta promesa.
Atentamente,
Brian Flones
Superintendente