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Immigration and Refugee Resources

Everyone Belongs here


AUSD staff have compiled the following resources to help families, educators, and school site staff talk to students about immigrants and refugees.


Supporting Students

Southern Poverty Law Center: "Immigrant and Refugee Children: A Guide for Educators and School Support Staff"

Ed-Trust West: "Resources for Educators to Support Undocumented Students and Families"

ACSA: "Undocumented Students and Families: The Facts"


Immigrant Rights

Immigrant Legal Resource Center: "What Do I Need to Know if DACA Ends (PDF)?"

International Institute of the Bay Area: "Know Your Rights (PDF)"


Books about Immigration

What Do We Do All Day: "12 Children's Books About Refugees"

Good Reads: "I'm New Here"

I'm Your Neighbor: "Children's Books & Reading Projects Building Bridges Between 'New Arrivals' and 'Long-Term Communities'"




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.

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.

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Immigrants Rights

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.

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AUSD Is A Safe Haven District

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 Superintendent McPhetridge's letter home to families about his commitment to accepting and protecting all students.


Safe Haven Resolution

Safe Haven Resolution - English (PDF)

Safe Haven Resolution - Chinese (PDF)

Safe Haven Resolution - Spanish (PDF)

Safe Haven Resolution - Arabic (PDF)

Safe Haven Resolution - Vietnamese (PDF)


Superintendent's Message on Providing Safe Haven

Superintendent's Message on Providing Safe Haven - English (PDF)

Superintendent's Message on Providing Safe Haven - Chinese (PDF)

Superintendent's Message on Providing Safe Haven - Spanish (PDF)

Superintendent's Message on Providing Safe Haven - Arabic (PDF)

Superintendent's Message on Providing Safe Haven - Vietnamese (PDF)

School Smarts Academy

The School Smarts academy is designed to help parents learn very tangible ways in which they can help children and school succeed. Through this seven-week program parents gain a better understanding of how public schools are operated, funded and organized to serve children. The materials are translated into Alameda's top five languages: Chinese, Spanish, Vietnamese, Tagalog, and Arabic. School-age childcare (5+), and a light snack is provided. There is no cost to attend.

More information about School Smarts Academy

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