Dear Frontier Regional and Union 38 Friends and Families,
I have been closely following the recent news on immigration along with other superintendents across the state. It is important that all our families are reassured that they are welcomed and truly belong here in our schools.
The following statement on the nation’s new immigration policies was provided to all the school superintendents in western Massachusetts. It was released through the Collaborative for Educational Services in Northampton and was written by Dr. Michael Morris, Superintendent of Amherst Schools.
“As public officials, it is our duty to use our legal and moral authority to protect all members of our community no matter their race or color, gender, physical or mental ability, religion, socio-economic status, ethnic or national origin, affectional or sexual preference, gender identity or expression, genetic information, lifestyle, age, or indeed their immigration status and to foster a community that is free of fear, intimidation and violence.
In our diverse community, we strive to maintain partnerships and positive relationships with all members. We believe these positive relationships lead to a safer community, a better educated citizenry and improved quality of life for all members of our community.
Our preK-12 schools will continue to enroll and serve every child living in our district who chooses to attend our schools without regard to her or his immigration status. This is in accordance with rulings of the Supreme Court and with guidance from the Federal Department of Justice and Department of Education that students cannot be denied a free public education on account of their immigration status.”
We are fortunate to be living so close to several colleges and universities where we can benefit from a wide range of perspectives, experiences and backgrounds that are drawn to this area. At Frontier Regional and Union 38 schools, we believe diversity in our students and staff make our schools richer and stronger while preparing all of our children to develop the skills needed to live and work in a global marketplace.
Lynn Carey, Ed.D.