“This was established in order for students to feel safe in their own school,” Dean James Campbell said. “This way students know that they will have privacy and no one can interfere with it. However, the immigration status and the education status of a student should have no relation to begin with.”
However, the school district will not have sanctuary campuses–a campus that has specific policies to protect students who are undocumented. Students will only have the assurance of protection under federal law and the district plans to keep it that way.
“I have seen how terribly people can be treated based on their immigration status, and it makes transitioning to a new culture even more difficult for these refugee and immigrant students,” senior Zaina Khater said. “I think if the district had sanctuary schools for students it would definetly help many immigration issues. Also, I think that the district is taking the right steps for their students.”
The immigration safe space plan restricts the school district’s ability to access a student’s immigration files without court action or parent/guardian approval. Unless documents are required from court or a guardian disapproves of their child’s personal information being used, the district can’t look through student immigration files.
"I believe that the learning environment should not focus on legal status," Diara Hernandez said. "Helping students succeed is the main goal regardless of their status."
"The school and district should only prioritize for education," senior Rhovi Naliponguit said. "Therefore, there should be no relation towards education and immigration status."
"I think that the business within schools and the student enrolled should not worry about the legal scope besides education," English teacher Robert Davis said.
"I kind of think that this policy depends on the student," junior Joseph Regalado said. "For example, if you are a bad student and undocumented then it should be reported. However, if you are a good student, then the school should protect the student."
"I do respect this policy because I think it is a step to protect students from discrimination," junior Isabelle Del Rosario said. "I think that it is important that students have the right to privacy. A lot of things are not in our control anymore, but it is a right to keep our personal information to ourselves."
“Based on this [act] being passed, the district should respect a student’s privacy regarding their immigration status,” senior Jeanette Marquez said. “All a student should worry about is that they are doing their best to achieve the best, not having to be taunted or seen differently because of their immigration status.”
“The district’s action to conceal immigration status is consequential from the election,” junior Justin De Leon said. “However, it should not be an issue considering that personal information should be privatized in the first place.”
Despite the promises that the act suggests, students who may be worried about their personal information are welcome to visit their counselor.
“We will do everything within the law that we are capable of doing in order to make students feel protected,” Counselor Paige DeSantis said. “As a school district, we are not going to invade the privacy of a student. If a student at any time feels anxious or scared, they can speak to their counselor at any time. This school district is a safe space for students and their conversations with their counselor will stay confidential.”