SPPS Board Letter to Immigrant and Refugee Students

 SPPS is also very clear in its policies on providing educational access to all children, regardless of immigration status, and to ensuring that its premises provide physically and emotionally safe spaces for students. Here is a January 30 message from the Superintendent and School Board:

A message from the Board of Education and Superintendent of SPPS:

To our students and families who are immigrants or refugees, Saint Paul Public Schools continues to welcome you with open hearts and open minds.
Thousands of refugee students from around the world have made Minnesota home and attended school in SPPS over the years. Many of these graduates now serve as teachers, principals and other staff, and our district is stronger because of it.
Our students, parents and staff come from dozens of nations, and each day more than 100 languages and dialects are heard in the hallways and classrooms of our schools. We wouldn’t have it any other way.
Last week’s Board resolution declared that our primary goal and legal obligation are to educate all students, regardless of their immigration status.
Diversity is central to our strength, in our schools and throughout Saint Paul. We stand by all SPPS students and their families.

John Thein, Superintendent

Jon Schumacher, Board Chair

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