Back in late January, Chancellor Carmen Fariña and Commissioner Nisha Agarwal of the Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs (MOIA) sent the City’s public school families and staff members a letter regarding the DOE’s policies towards immigrants.

“The DOE and the Mayor’s Office are committed to protecting the right of every student in New York City to attend public school, regardless of immigration status,” they said on January 30, 2017. “Immigrant parents, students, principals, teachers, and other staff are a part of what makes our schools and New York City the amazing, strong, vibrant places they are. Whether you or your family arrived 100 years ago or 100 days ago—you are New Yorkers—and we stand with you.”

Today, Chancellor Fariña and Commissioner Agarwal have sent City students and parents an update to their earlier letter that reaffirms the City’s commitment to protecting the rights of all City public school students. This new letter provides additional direction and information to DOE staff members to help ensure that all children continue to learn in safe and nurturing environments in our schools. Some of the information provided in today’s letter includes the following:

  • Federal agents, including Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) will not be permitted to enter schools, except when absolutely required by law.
  • DOE staff will not release student information unless absolutely required to by law.
  • DOE and MOIA are expanding “Know Your Rights” workshops for students, parents, and community members.
  • DOE is providing schools with additional curriculum resources and social-emotional supports

In addition to today’s letter, we have also updated our official FAQ regarding DOE and City policies and services for immigrants.

To review today’s letter and our updated FAQ, including translated versions of these documents in nine other languages, visit the DOE’s Supporting All of Our Students website.

Remember: all New Yorkers, regardless of immigration status, can continue to access City services. If you have further questions that are not answered on our website, call 311 with your concerns.

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