Jeffco Public Schools Superintendent Statement on Daca

Posted on September 5, 2017 by Jason Glass

Today, the Trump Administration announced its plans to end the DACA program (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals). Accordingly, the Department of Homeland Security will stop processing any new applications for the program and action is required by Congress by March 5, 2018 or DACA recipients will begin losing their status in the United States. This memorandum will be provided to building principals this evening for potential distribution to Jeffco families and students.

September 5, 2017

Dear Principals,

Some of our families may have worries about the recent DACA announcement from the White House.  Please use your professional judgment to share the statement below with your students and families as you see appropriate.

Jeffco Public Schools is open to and welcomes all families in our community. In accordance with federal law, we do not ask about the legal status of our students as our obligation and moral purpose is to serve all children.

Jeffco Public Schools provides opportunities to our community’s young people and the DACA program furthers those opportunities for undocumented students – who have much to contribute to our community, state, and nation.

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At this point, we will see what proposals actually emerge from Congress on the future of the DACA program. However, we are concerned about and monitoring any federal action which might limit the opportunities of children and youth in our community.

Jeffco Public Schools policy remains unchanged – ALL students are welcome and no proof of legal status is required to attend our schools. If your students are in need of support, please contact our Student Engagement office.

Additionally, Jeffco Public Schools has created a FAQ (Spanish) page, Staff Dos & Don’ts, and a webpage with information and links related to students and immigration. Please use these tools and resources to inform your communities if needed, and work with your achievement director if issues arise in your school community.

Jason E. Glass, Ed.D.

Superintendent & Chief Learner

Jeffco Public Schools