The Woodburn School District welcomed students back to campus this week. In the same week, the federal government moved to rescind the protections granted to many students and community members under the Deferred Action for Child Arrivals program (DACA). As the new school year begins, the District is reaffirming its commitment to support all its students, faculty and community, and provide a safe environment for learning.
“Our students should not fear coming to school,” said Superintendent Chuck Ransom. “We want our community to know that we have taken steps to ensure the safety of all our students and staff.”
The District wants to reassure parents and guardians that by law: 1. Immigration status is not a condition of attending public school. 2. The District will not share confidential student or staff records, including immigration status (if known). 3. Immigration officials will not be allowed in any Woodburn public school, and the District will not participate in enforcement activities, if they should happen.
The Woodburn School Board passed a resolution about student safety in January of 2017 in response to community concerns and an increasingly hostile dialogue nationwide on immigration. The resolution states that the District values diversity as reflected by the school board and student body.
The Woodburn School District is one of the most culturally and economically diverse in the state. This diversity is welcomed for the multi-cultural experiences it provides our students, which helps them succeed in a global society.
Woodburn public schools will continue to provide a safe haven for all students regardless of where they come from, how they worship, or other factors. Anyone with questions or concerns are encouraged to contact Superintendent Chuck Ransom at (503) 981-2727, or firstname.lastname@example.org.