Windham Public Schools and the State of Connecticut want all children 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 the Guidelines for Planning.
"What we are Doing in our Schools? - Guidelines to Parents from Superintendent Dr. Garcia's Remarks (English and Spanish), presented at the Forum in Solidarity with Immigrants sponsored by Alcanzanda el Mismo Sueño/Embracing the Same Dream of Willimantic, CT on March 20, 2017 (for information: 860-456-3349).
Visit Connecticut's Official State Website's page on Immigration Resources for tool kits in additional languages, including Arabic, French, Haitian Creole, Mandarin, Polish, Portuguese and Vietnamese.
The Governor of Connecticut and the Connecticut State Department of Education recommend the following resources for families 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:
ACLU-Know Your Rights: What to Do if Immigration Agents are at Your Door
The following organizations provide direct legal services:
Catholic Charities Migration, Refugee and Immigration Services
The Connecticut Department of Education provided resources to support districts anticipating an influx of homeless families, especially as of September 2017, in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria.