Immigrant & Refugee Resources
AUSD is a diverse and accepting "Safe Haven" school district. We are steadfastly committed to supporting our immigrant students, and we deeply value the presence and contributions of all of our families, students, and staff. On January 24, 2017 Board of Education voted 5-0 to approve a resolution declaring AUSD a "safe haven" district. The resolution is below, along with the letter home to families about his commitment to accepting and protecting all students.
We sincerely believe Everyone Belongs Here.
Recent policy changes implemented at the federal level have left some families feeling uncertain of their status in our school district and community. We created this page to better provide information to our immigrant families.
California Disaster Relief Assistance
In response to the COVID-19 outbreak, California is providing one-time state-funded disaster relief assistance to undocumented adults who are ineligible for other forms of assistance, including assistance under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act and pandemic unemployment benefits, because of their immigration status. This state funding is expected to reach about 150,000 undocumented adults.
The California Department of Social Services has selected twelve immigrant-serving nonprofit organizations to help individuals apply for and receive this disaster relief assistance in their region. An undocumented adult who qualifies can receive $500 in direct assistance, with a maximum of $1000 in assistance per household.
Safe Haven Resolution
Alameda is a Sanctuary City
At its meeting on January 17, 2017 Alameda City Councilmembers voted unanimously to adopt a resolution that reaffirms the City of Alameda’s commitment as a Sanctuary City to the values of dignity, inclusivity, and respect for all individuals, regardless of ethnic or national origin, gender, race, religious affiliation, sexual orientation, or immigration status. You can learn more about the resolution in this joint press release from the City of Alameda and Alameda Unified School District.