• ASD Letter to Staff in Support of our Families


    Dear ASD Staff:


    Auburn schools are a welcoming place for all of our students.


    With recent actions taken at the federal level, there is concern in our community about what the implications are for Auburn School District students and families who are refugees or undocumented. Our place as a school district is to educate children. While we have a positive relationship with local law enforcement, it is not our role as a school district to facilitate law enforcement activities.


    You may have questions about the district’s relationship with the federal government when it comes to working with refugees and undocumented students.


    The ASD does not and no employee should:

    • Collect information or ask questions about immigration status or citizenship.
    • Treat any student differently to determine residency.
    • Require social security numbers.
    • Release any student information without written parental consent.
    • Ask any questions for enrollment that indicate immigration status.
    • Act on behalf of immigration services.
    • Provide legal advice to families or students.


    The ASD does and every employee should:

    • Support all of our students and families.
    • Comply with the U.S. Supreme Court case Plyler v. Doe which grants undocumented students the same rights to attend public schools as U.S. citizens and permanent residents.
    • Connect families with community resources for the health, safety and well-being of our students.


    Please know the current uncertainty for many of our families can impact students at school.  As ASD staff, we need to be supportive and provide an environment where students are certain of our commitment to them and their well-being. If law enforcement comes to your school, notify the district office immediately. We will secure a legal opinion to ensure actions are within the law and appropriately respect individual rights.


    For your protection and to ensure our families receive the most timely and accurate information, employees are not to provide legal advice. Numerous resources are available for referral to support refugees and undocumented students.  Below is a link to the Puget Sound ESD resource page.



    We will be sending a letter home to families next week with the above information. I encourage you to listen to your students and assure them they are welcome and supported in your school.


    Thank you for all you do for the children of Auburn.


    Alan Spicciati


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