Lynwood Unified School District
Lynwood Unified Board of Education Declares District a ‘Safe Haven’
Lynwood – Lynwood Unified School District is committed to protecting the rights of all students to attend school regardless of immigration status, religious beliefs, nationality, gender and sexual orientation by declaring all campuses as “safe haven” schools.
Lynwood Unified’s Board of Education unanimously adopted a District resolution that pledges to shield identifying information about students, families and employees.
“The safety and security of our students is a top priority for this District, and the education process cannot be successfully conducted if our students and staff are worried about the futures of themselves and their families,” LUSD Superintendent Paul Gothold said. “This is the least we can do to ensure their path to college and career goes uninterrupted.”
Lynwood Unified’s Board of Education decided to declare all District schools as safe haven campuses after receiving numerous reports from students, families and staff who were concerned about deportation. The concerns grew out of rhetoric during the recent presidential election targeting immigrants and Muslims.
Lynwood Unified will increase partnerships with local organizations and will submit a letter to the president affirming that the District will continue celebrating and upholding the core ideals of the community.
Teachers, staff and administrators have already begun training to implement the policy, which includes not inquiring about a student’s residency status, religious background or sexual orientation.
“It is our commitment to let everyone in Lynwood Unified and our community know that we care for them and are here for them,” LUSD Board President Alma-Delia Renteria said. “We are standing up for what’s right, and our students and their families deserve to know that they will be kept safe as they pursue their right to obtain the best education possible in Lynwood.”