Posted at 3:11 p.m., January 31, 2017
Dear Tucson Unified Family:
As immigration and refugee policies continue to take center stage nationally, I want you to know that Tucson Unified School District is monitoring developments as they occur for how they may impact our students, families and employees.
Tucson Unified is home to more than 1,000 refugee students from all over the world, and the district has a long-standing commitment to educating all children, regardless of their immigration status.
We recently launched an initiative called Knowledge Changes Everything that highlights the benefits of diversity in education, and the Governing Board passed a proclamation confirming the district’s commitment to all students in December. Find more on Knowledge Changes Everything at www.tusd1.org/knowledge, and find the proclamation at http://www.tusd1.org/contents/events_resolution2.html.
Additionally, the district has celebrated students and their families who have received American citizenship each year on World Refugee Day. I have been honored to attend these celebrations and would like to reiterate what I said to the 26 students who took their oaths of citizenship at Catalina High School in 2015.
"In this nation, in this country, there are people who have open arms and who will accept others. On this campus, in this school and in this district, we want to emulate the best of America. We want to represent the America that builds bridges and provides those open arms, and provides that type of support and that type of community that the nation was founded on."
While I understand that immigration refugee policies can stir passion and debate, I would also like to once again ask that we all reinforce the Tucson mantra of "BE KIND."
At Tucson Unified, our pledge is to be a place where students love to learn, teachers love to teach and people love to work. This pledge applies to people from all walks of life.
Dr. H.T. Sánchez