Windham Public Schools and the State of Connecticut wants all children in our schools to feel welcomed, respected and valued in our schools.
All children residing in the United States have a right to public education regardless of race, color, national origin, citizenship, immigration status, or the status of their parents/guardians. The U.S. Supreme Court affirmed this right more than 30 years ago when it ruled, in Plyer v. Doe, 457 U.S. 202 (1982), that it is unconstitutional for states to deny students access to a free public education based on their immigration status.
All families, however, must be prepared to ensure children are safe in the case of any unplanned emergency. Please be proactive and follow these guidelines in your planning:
What we are Doing in our Schools?/ ?Que estamos haciendo en las escuelas?
Guidelines to Parents from Superintendent Dr. Garcia's Remarks (English and Spanish)
at the Forum in Solidarity with Immigrants sponsored by Alcanzanda el Mismo sueno/Embracing the Same Dream
of Willimantic, CT on March 20, 2017 (For information: 860-456-3349)
(For tool kits in additional languages including Arabic, French, Haitian Creole, Mandarin, Polish, Portuguese and Vietnamese visit http://portal.ct.gov/FamilyPreparedness
The Governor of Connecticut and the Connecticut State Department of Education recommend the following resources for families who are concerned about how the immigration status of parents and children may affect the safety of children.
Here are additional links that may be useful to families:
The following organizations provide direct legal services: