STF Urges William S. Hart School District to Protect DACA Students

STF leaders present the importance of protecting the human rights of undocumented youth to the Administrative Council of the William S. Hart Union High School District. Photo by Kristin Ghazarians

October 25, 2017: Santa Clarita Valley STF students urged administrators in the William S. Hart Union High School District to protect the human rights of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program recipients on their campuses. Leaders from Academy of the Canyons, Canyon, Golden Valley and Valencia high schools asked district officials to: 1.) Draft an official statement of district policy to protect undocumented children raised in the U.S.; 2.) Write a letter to parents assuring the protection of all students from interview or detention by federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials on school sites; and 3.) Provide counseling resources for students encountering anxiety or depression due to fears of deportation.

After the meeting, District Superintendent Vicki Engbrecht said she was very impressed with the students and that she learned a lot about DACA. Most importantly, she said that the Administrative Council of the Hart District would revisit the DACA topic and discuss further possible action by the district. With the help of Greg Lee, Director of Equity Services, STF leaders will continue to encourage their school administrators to stand up for undocumented youth in their communities.

STF Santa Clarita Valley students with STF Program Advisor Nancy Nazarian Medina, Canyon HS teacher Chris Jackson and Director of Equity Services Greg Lee. Photo by Kristin Ghazarians

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