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Immigration and Refugee Resources

Immigrant Rights

The Association of California School Administrators and the law firm of Fagen Friedman & Fulfrost, LLP recently published "Undocumented Students and Families: The Facts." This easy-to-understand guide covers such topics as undocumented students' rights to an education and staff rights to protect student records. Es en espanol aqui.


The International Institute of the Bay Area has also published a "Know Your Rights" pamphlet that covers DACA, immigration enforcement priorities, and tips on protecting yourself.



Free Immigration Clinics

The Alameda County Health & Human Services Department is offering free legal rights clinics for immigrants in February and March.


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


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

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

School Library Journal: "Two White Rabbits"

Good Reads: "I'm New Here"

I'm Your Neighbor Books





AUSD is a diverse and accepting school district. Yet 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.


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

Safe Haven Resolution - Chinese

Safe Haven Resolution - Spanish

Safe Haven Resolution - Arabic

Safe Haven Resolution - Vietnamese


Superintendent's Message on Providing Safe Haven

Superintendent's Message on Providing Safe Haven - English

Superintendent's Message on Providing Safe Haven - Chinese

Superintendent's Message on Providing Safe Haven - Spanish

Superintendent's Message on Providing Safe Haven - Arabic

Superintendent's Message on Providing Safe Haven - Vietnamese



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.


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. You can find more information here.