The following is a letter the Framingham Superintendent of Schools Robert Tremblay issued on Sept. 6.
It has been an exciting start to the 2017-2018 school year as we have now opened all the school doors and the first days of school are now behind us. Opening the doors to our students – all of our students – has become an even more symbolic event in the wake of President Trump’s announcement to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) Program.
DACA, implemented in June 2012, protects undocumented immigrant youth who were brought to the United States as children. Recipients are afforded certain legal rights which enable them to work and study legally. There are currently 800,000 DACA recipients in the United States.
The administration also announced a plan to continue renewing permits for anyone whose status expires in the next six months, giving Congress time to act before any currently protected individuals lose their ability to work, study, and live without fear in the United States. DACA recipients would begin losing their status March 5, 2018.(CNN)
I would like to reassure you that the Framingham Public Schools value our diversity and stand with all of our families and staff in providing a welcoming and safe environment. Despite the termination of DACA, we abide by current federal law which states that all children are entitled to a free appropriate public education (FAPE) regardless of immigration status.
We welcome all of our children and we are proud to offer educational programs and services that benefit both our students and their families.
The decision to terminate DACA will impact many of our families. I would like to reassure you of our commitment as a school district and I encourage anyone needing support or resources to reach out to our school support staff or to contact my office directly. I have included some resource links which I also hope will be helpful.
Let us stand united with our children who rely on school as their extended family. I am proud to stand with you.
Robert A. Tremblay, Ed.D., Superintendent
Framingham Public Schools