Safe and Welcoming
The School District of Philadelphia is committed to protecting the rights of all students regardless of race, ethnicity, religion, immigration status, sexual preference, or gender identity.
The School District of Philadelphia is committed to protecting the rights of all students including, documented, undocumented, new Americans, and multi-generation Americans. All children have a right to a public education, regardless of their perceived immigration status or that of their parents. In light of recent events, our priority is to ensure that all students and families feel safe and welcome. The School District has provided a comprehensive toolkit with resources for immigrant and refugee students and families. Administrators, teachers, and staff are provided the necessary tools and legal knowledge to protect the safety and rights of students.
Through the Office of Multilingual Curriculum and Programs, we are committed to supporting the academic success of all students, including immigrant children and youth. We strive to nurture self-pride and self-identity in each student’s linguistic and cultural heritage. We provide Bilingual Counseling Assistants stationed throughout public schools in Philadelphia. FACE also provides access to live interpretation at parent meetings, conferences, District and school-wide events, builds partnerships with immigrant and refugee serving organizations and supports families through welcome wagons.
If you have an immigration issue related to families or communities, please call the Office of Family and Community Engagement (FACE) at 215.400.4180.
The School District of Philadelphia fully embraces diversity and inclusion. We strongly promote religious freedom to ensure that students and families of all faiths feel safe and welcome. The Multiracial-Multicultural-Gender Education policy was developed “to foster knowledge about and respect for those of all races, ethnic groups, social classes, genders, religions, disabilities, sexual orientations (perceived or known) and gender identities (perceived or known).” The Office of Family and Community Engagement engages with families to create and maintain a safe and welcome environment for all communities.
Review our FAQ to learn more about organizations and resources for the Muslim community in countering hate and discrimination and advocating for religious diversity.
The School District’s current policies reinforce freedom of choice for transgender students, including the rights for all students to use their bathroom of choice, to be called their preferred pronouns, and to join athletic teams of their choice. This policy has not changed despite any recent political actions.
Superintendent William Hite says “It’s really important for us to ensure that all of our young people are safe and they’re respected and regardless of their identity, their gender identification, we are going to make sure they have what they need in order to be educated.”
The School District’s anti-discriminatory policy offers knowledge and guidance concerning the treatment of transgender and non-conforming students. Please review our policy to learn more.