Welcoming Sanctuary Schools

The School District of Philadelphia is committed to fostering safe and welcoming environments for all students and their families, regardless of their immigration status, national origin, race, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, familial status, religion, or person’s abilities.

In June 2021, the Board of Education passed the “Welcoming Sanctuary Schools” Resolution, in collaboration with community-led, Latinx immigrant organization, Juntos. The Resolution reinforces that all Philadelphia public schools are safe havens for immigrant students and calls for updated guidance and training for District stakeholders around keeping this commitment. The School District of Philadelphia has updated guidance and will provide training to teachers, administrators, and other staff, contractors, and volunteers on how to respond to issues involving immigration status and is putting in place supports for students who may be impacted by federal immigration enforcement actions.

PROTOCOLS FOR STAFF

Review guidance to school principals and District staff on the process and procedures to follow if federal immigration officials, including Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents or designees, request access to a District facility, student, or student records.

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT PLAN

District-wide plan for informing and training teachers, administrators, and other staff, contractors, and volunteers on how to respond to ICE personnel, entities who are requesting information about students and families, and/or are attempting to enter school property.

Community Engagement Resources

The Welcoming Sanctuary Schools policies and procedures were developed over several months with family, staff, and community feedback. You can find resources from our outreach opportunities below.