Monday, August 11, 2014

SF schools preparing for increase in unaccompanied immigrant students

Mike Koozmin/S.F. Examiner file photo
West Portal Elementary School teacher Jennie Lee teaches
K-1st grade students Chinese
The San Francisco Unified School District, a nationwide leader in newcomer student programs, wants the recent surge of unaccompanied immigrant children arriving in the U.S. to know that they are welcome in The City’s public schools – and have been for some time.

While the district already accommodates immigrant students through its pathway programs, school officials are preparing for the arrival of more unaccompanied children than in previous years by coordinating resources with city agencies and likely hiring several new teachers.

“San Francisco is a sanctuary city, and [SFUSD] is a sanctuary school district,” said Matt Haney, a Board of Education member who has authored a resolution specifically urging the district to meet the needs of recent unaccompanied immigrant children fleeing from Central America.

Read more at www.sfusd.edu

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