Message of Support for Our Students and Families

Responding to POTUS’ immigration executive order, one Grand Rapids area K-12 school superintendent directs his school administrators and staff “to refer any inquiries from any federal, state or local law enforcement officials regarding student records and/or the immigration status of any of our students and their families directly to me. It is my intention to uphold the federal protections that already exist. No confidential access to any student records will be allowed without a judicial warrant, subpoena or court order, unless authorized by the student’s parent(s) or required by law. I will consult the district’s legal counsel in the event any inquiries regarding immigration status are made by outside agencies.”

Read his full blog post here:

Superintendent's Notes

A lot of confusion and concern surrounds many of the messages and orders that have come out of the White House during President Trump’s first week in office. It is unfortunate because much of it is creating fear in our children and their families, as well as uncertainty throughout our entire district and community.

As has been already said by a number of school districts around the country, our schools are and will continue to be safe zones for every child and every family member. Under federal law, it is the right of every child, regardless of immigration status, to access a free public K-12 education and Godfrey-Lee Public Schools welcomes and supports all students.

The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act, commonly known as “FERPA,” prohibits school districts from providing third parties, such as the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (I.C.E.), information contained in student records.

I have directed…

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