Resources for Immigrant Families
We live by our values at Tulsa Public Schools, and central to those is our belief in equity and our commitment to supporting, affirming, valuing, and loving - deeply - every single child and family that we serve. Based on the United States Supreme Court decision in Plyler v. Doe, all children have a constitutional right to have equal access to public education regardless of their immigration status or their parents’ status. As of June 2019, we understand that the federal government is still following guidance that designates schools as sensitive locations where immigration enforcement actions should not happen. Therefore, we do not anticipate that immigration enforcement actions would take place at our school buildings. However, in the event that federal immigration agents came to a school, they would not be permitted to take any action or obtain any information unless indisputably required by law and following an intensive internal legal review.
Every child in our care and every person on our team deserves to feel safe and welcomed in Tulsa Public Schools, and we will continue to support and protect our immigrant families. We are proud to stand alongside of all of our families and will continue to do all that we can to advocate on behalf of the children we serve.
Deborah A. Gist
Click here for frequently asked questions on immigration.