Message below from Colt Gill, Director of the Oregon Department of Education:
In March 2017, the State Board of Education approved a resolution reaffirming its stance that Oregon schools should be safe and welcoming for all students, regardless of national origin, immigration status or documentation status, and asked school districts to urgently consider six specific actions.
ODE, in collaboration with legislators, other state agencies, culturally-specific community based organizations, and other partners, developed a DACAmented/Undocumented Toolkit to help you and your staff create, maintain, and nurture an equitable, inclusive, and welcoming environment for all students, families, and employees in Oregon’s schools.
We’re providing all Oregon School Districts with this resource so that all of our students are able to access a high quality education free from discrimination.
We are initially releasing this Toolkit with a focus on four priorities that district and school personnel can put into practice.
The Toolkit priorities are:
• Ensuring that districts understand and know how to support mixed status families;
• Civil Rights protections;
• Oregon’s Sanctuary Law; and
• Promoting opportunities for Access to Higher Education.
We are committed to protecting the rights of our students and ensuring an equitable and excellent education for all of our students. Thank you for taking the time to review this Toolkit and distribute these resources and information to your teams.
We will continue to develop and distribute further resources in collaboration with our partners. As you see a need for specific resources or information in this area, please share your request with Dawnnesha Lasuncet in the Office of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion or Beth Wigham in the Office of Teaching, Learning and Assessment.