More Contra Costa Schools Pass Safe Haven Resolutions

Mt. Diablo Unified and Acalanes Union High school districts are the latest Contra Costa County school districts to declare themselves Safe Havens for all students regardless of immigration status.

More than 32,000 students are enrolled at Mt Diablo Unified and about 40 percent of those identify as Hispanic or Latino. Acalanes Union High enrolls an additional 5,546 students.

Dr. Nellie Meyer, the superintendent for Mt. Diablo Unified, issued a statement on the school website addressing the resolution, and provided resources for undocumented and immigrant students and families.

Superintendent John Nickerson of Acalanaes Union High also issued a letter to the community on the school website confirming the board’s vote to keep the district “a welcoming and safe educational environment for ALL students and employees.”

The resolutions, which passed unanimously by both boards at last weeks’ meetings, come on the heels of State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson sending a letter to all district leaders late last year urging them to pass resolutions to ensure safety for all students amid fears of fulfilled campaign promises made by the current federal administration.

Several school districts across the state have passed similar resolutions since, with several having had safe haven or sanctuary policies in place long before the current request.

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