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Immigration and Refugee Resources




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"

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

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




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 Statement on Proposed End to DACA

AUSD's Support of DACA "Dreamers"

On September 5, 2017 the federal government announced the president’s decision to phase out the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. This program ...more

DACA Resources

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

National Immigrant Law Center: "DACA Update: Five Things You Should Know"

Immigrant Rights

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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 published a "Know Your Rights" pamphlet that covers DACA, immigration enforcement priorities, and tips on protecting yourself. Es en espanol aqui.


Ed-Trust has also compiled legal resources for students and 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



January 18: DACA Renewal Information

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security has announced that the agency is accepting DACA renewal applications from certain individuals at this time.

It is extremely important that any individual who ...more

18 Enero: DACA RenovaciĆ³n

El Departamento de Seguridad Nacional de los EE. UU. Ha anunciado que, en este momento, la agencia aceptará solicitudes de renovación de DACA de ciertas personas. Es extremadamente importante que ...more

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.