Santa Barbara Unified School District issued the following statement to Santa Barbara Unified families regarding the President’s announcement to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.
Dear Santa Barbara Unified School District Families:
The President’s action to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program reverberated throughout Santa Barbara Unified School District (Santa Barbara Unified). We know there are a number of students as well as staff who are directly impacted by this decision. We are committed to stand firmly by our Santa Barbara Unified community, to be resolved in our determination to give every child, every chance, every day. Our determination to stand together will not falter because of this decision to end the DACA program.
Fifteen years ago, many members of our community came together to define a vision of diversity and set goals for the kind of school district that we wanted to become. We became a district that:
- Believes diversity is a source of strength, we welcome and support children from all backgrounds, including those from undocumented families; and
- Protects the confidentiality of information we have about our students and families, and will keep immigration authorities off our campuses to the fullest extent provided by law; and
- Understands physical safety and emotional well-being of all children and families is critical to a student’s ability to achieve and thrive; and
- Strives to ensure that every student feels valued, safe, and heard.
Santa Barbara Unified will continue to provide outreach to families by hosting and collaborating with partners on immigration forums sharing information on undocumented students and families rights to a free and protected K-12 public education. We encourage everyone to read the facts about the rights of undocumented students and families by visiting: http://bit.ly/2wK9ohh
Santa Barbara Unified students who need support are encouraged to contact their school counselor or trusted adult. Staff members who need support may contact Human Resources at (805) 963-4338 or S.A.V.E. Employee Assistance Program at (805) 962-5387 and www.cadasb.org/save/
The State of California’s “California Dream Act,” is not related to DACA, and allows undocumented students to receive state financial aid for college. Students and parents are encouraged to apply for financial aid for college, regardless of the DACA decision, because financial aid for college remains legal for Dreamers in California. For more information about the application process, visit: http://bit.ly/2xQoLoF
Santa Barbara Unified stands firmly by our DACA students and staff. As we go through this national period of uncertainty, we remain committed to support our families, maintain our values of equity, and ensure our schools are a safe and welcoming place for all.
Cary Matsuoka, Superintendent,
Santa Barbara Unified School District