State Superintendent Urges Declaration of “Safe Havens” for Public Schools

The fear of deportation for many students in the state has reached the top echelon. State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson has issued a letter to all County and District Superintendents, Charter School Administrators, and Principals, asking for their solidarity in naming their sites “safe havens.”

With a President-elect who ran on a divisive platform focused on deporting undocumented persons, Torlakson is asking for unity.

“Together, we can make it clear we will do our best to make sure the prospect of the deportation of undocumented students and their families will not interfere with helping our students succeed,” he said.

Multiple districts have already beat him to the punch. The state’s largest school district, Los Angeles Unified, which serves about 10 percent of the state’s students, already voted to keep their “safe zones” policy. Nearby Basset Unified also voted before the end of the year to declare all their schools “sanctuary schools.” And Torlakson even used Sacramento City’s resolution as an example in his call to action.

See what school districts have passed "safe haven" resolutions on our Safe Haven Districts page.