WPS Response to Immigration Enforcement Activities
The Worcester Public Schools is committed to creating an atmosphere in which every individual is valued and respected. A diverse and inclusive environment benefits all student and creates a bedrock for educational growth and progress. We acknowledge and celebrate the diversity within our Worcester Public School community.
As national current events unfold before us, the Worcester Public Schools would like to reiterate its commitment to providing a safe, welcoming and inclusive environment where each student may enjoy a free public education, regardless of a student’s immigration status.
On January 25, 2017, President Donald Trump signed Executive Order Relating to Border Security and Immigration Enforcement Improvements. More recently, President Trump issued a statement ordering an end to the DACA program, which protects young undocumented immigrants from deportation. While these orders have caused concern and fear for many people, please know that the Worcester Public Schools will continue to fully protect its students and their federally and state-created rights in the school setting. The Attorney General, Maua Healy, has issued an advisory that provides "Enrollment practices that single out students based on their actual or perceived citizenship or immigration status violate state and federal law. Furthermore, equal access to public education means not only the right to enroll in school, but also the right to an education free from unlawful discrimination and harassment." The Worcester Public Schools assures parents and students that the District has developed plans to address any attempts by immigration officials to gain access to student record information or to enter school property. Moreover, the District has plans in place to assist students in the event that parents are detained by immigration authorities. Please contact the Superintendent’s office for additional information.