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HCPSS Statement Regarding Termination of Deferred Action for Childhood Action Arrivals (DACA)

Posted: September 6th, 2017

The Board of Education and Interim Superintendent Dr. Michael J. Martirano recognize that the President’s decision to terminate the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, effective March 5, 2018, is cause for concern for many of our students and families in Howard County. Please know that the Howard County Public School System (HCPSS) is committed to providing a safe, engaging and supportive educational climate and to ensuring that the safety and rights of our students are protected.

We will continue to maintain a culture that preserves the dignity of individuals in support of not only academic achievement but also social and emotional development. We recognize that foreign born students may face unique circumstances that might impact their safety and learning environment unless appropriate safeguarding actions are taken.

The HCPSS Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion is working with system leaders to develop a response plan to assist students who may be affected by this decision. This includes providing resources to educators and partnering with advocacy and faith-based groups who can offer assistance. In addition, the Board of Education, at its meeting on September 7, 2017, will consider a safe school zones resolution to reaffirm its commitment to providing a safe and welcoming learning environment, regardless of immigration status. A committee is currently working on a new Board Policy to memorialize additional support for students and families as well as clear, direct guidance for HCPSS.

With these actions, we remain committed to working together with our students, families, and community leaders to offer an open, safe, and loving environment.