Our Sanctuary Status As a District and School is Unwavering
In light of the recent media reports about stepped up efforts to identify undocumented individuals around the country, we want to reiterate our commitment to the entire community and remind you that we are doing everything possible to ensure students are safe at school regardless of their immigration status. Please remember that we are a Sanctuary District and school and that we have a Sanctuary District Resolution, in place since 2008, which was renewed along with Oakland’s Sanctuary City Resolution in November 2016.
As a Sanctuary District, OUSD does not ask for or require proof of legal immigration status upon enrollment, nor is any such information gathered by schools. The OUSD Sanctuary District Task Force is working with schools on guidance and support to ensure all staff are prepared to respond should the civil rights of our students and families be threatened in any way. In addition, OUSD has developed a list of Frequently Asked Questions as a means of providing information and recommendations to inform our community.
Nondiscrimination Policy: OUSD prohibits unlawful discrimination against any protected group as identified under Education Code 200 and 220 and Government Code 11135, and Title IX, including actual or perceived sex, sexual orientation, gender, ethnic group identification, race, ancestry, national origin, religion, color, mental or physical disability, age, or on the basis of a person’s association with a person or group with one or more of these actual or perceived characteristics in any District program or activity that received or benefits from state financial assistance, including athletic programs. Complaint forms are available at school sites and at the Office of the Ombudsperson, located at 1000 Broadway, Suite 680, Oakland, California 94607. For further information, call 510-879-4281. BOARD POLICY 0410, 51