BVSD Message to Families

The past several weeks have been filled with emotion in the wake of the election cycle. Families in our community are questioning how the election will impact their lives. For some, the election has caused fear and anxiety about what the future holds for them and their children. BVSD recognizes all families desire a bright future and a safe welcoming learning environment for all children.

The mission of Boulder Valley School District  is to ensure all students thrive and are prepared for successful, civically-engaged lives. BVSD is committed to ensuring every student, regardless of gender, religion, immigration status, ethnicity, income, sexual orientation or their family’s national origin, receives an education that prepares them for future success. We celebrate rich diversity in our community and consider it an asset for student learning.

Boulder Valley School District has policy against any form of intimidation or harassment in its schools (Board Policy AC). If you or your child feel that you have been harassed at school, please notify a school official immediately. Safety and security of all students is the single highest priority.  

Your Questions Answered
(Adapted from FAQ released by Denver Public Schools on November 14, 2016)

Q:  What impact does undocumented immigration status have on my child’s education?

A:  None! Children have a constitutional right to have equal access to education regardless of their immigration status or their parents’ status. That right cannot be taken away by the president or the state or federal legislatures.       

Q:  Does Boulder Valley School District ask for a child’s immigration status when he or she enrolls?

A:  No. Public school districts like BVSD 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 federal immigration officials?

A:  As mentioned above, we do not ask for students’ citizenship or immigration status when they enroll. However, if we became 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 Boulder Valley School District do to ensure that no student or family is discriminated against or harassed because of their race, ethnicity, religion or national origin?            

A:  BVSD 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. Complaints and concerns can be filed using the forms and procedures in Board Policy AC-R. We take these complaints very seriously in order to assure that our schools continue to be safe spaces.                            
Q:  What about if I am a DACA recipient?
A:  Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) is based on an order by the president. The new president could choose to rescind that order. If you are a recipient of DACA, consider reaching out to an immigration attorney now in order to determine if you have access to a better form of immigration status.

Q:  What should I do if I want to understand my immigration rights?

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 notarios or others who are not licensed immigration attorneys. You can seek an immigration attorney from the American Immigration Lawyers Association here (English) or here (Spanish).

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