Statement from the Washoe County School District Board of Trustees and Superintendent Dr. Kristen McNeill
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Statement from the Washoe County School District
Board of Trustees and Superintendent Dr. Kristen McNeill
The Washoe County School District and the WCSD Board of Trustees applaud today’s ruling by the United States Supreme Court which supports DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals).
“We are thrilled to hear of today’s decision by the Supreme Court,” said WCSD Board President Malena Raymond. “Members of our community who are affected by this ruling came to the United States as minors, and today’s Supreme Court decision reaffirms their rightful place in this country. This is their home. Our DACA students and staff are treasured members of our school families who bring a multitude of talents, strengths, and gifts to our community and our world.”
“As a District, we are grateful that the high court has expressed its support for our young people whose families brought them to the United States to earn an education and pursue their dreams,” said WCSD Superintendent Dr. Kristen McNeill. “WCSD stands in support of all students and families of color, our students and families who are immigrants to this country, our LGBTQQIA++ students, families, and staff, and all persons who might otherwise be marginalized because of who they are, the color of their skin, where they came from, or under what circumstances they arrived in the United States. We are working to intentionally address inequities within our school system, and that is why we are so happy to hear of this decision by the high court.
“We are committed to providing an inclusive, equitable, culturally responsive, and welcoming environment in our District as we work to protect the welfare of all of our 64,000 students and 8,000 employees. We will not tolerate those who would seek to prevent our students, families, and staff members from having the opportunity to teach, learn, work, and become productive members of our community. This decision opens doors for our students who are just beginning their adult lives, and offers hope and promise to all DACA recipients who may now plan for their future with confidence. WCSD wholeheartedly welcomes today’s ruling from the highest court in the land.”
In February 2017, the Board of Trustees voted unanimously to adopt a Safe Haven resolution, which states unequivocally the District’s commitment to ensuring all students have the knowledge and skills they need to succeed “regardless of factors such as race, gender, sexual orientation, ethnic background, English proficiency, immigration status, socioeconomic status, or disability.”
This resolution declared that our District is a “Safe Haven for all in the educational community threatened by immigration enforcement or discrimination.”