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For Immediate Release: Feb. 16, 2017
Contact: Nora Murray (336) 370-8307
Media Desk (336) 574-5730
Guilford County Schools Provides Resources for Immigrant Families
Superintendent Issues Statement; School Board Reaffirms Support of All Students
Greensboro, N.C. – Embracing the core value that students need to feel safe, welcomed, valued and protected before they can thrive in our schools, the Guilford County Schools is offering advice and support to immigrant and refugee families.
Today, Superintendent Sharon L. Contreras, Ph.D., issued a statement in support of all students and reemphasized that bullying, harassment and discrimination will not be tolerated in schools.
GCS has also provided guidance to educators on how to best support students and posted resources for families, including how parents can help ease children’s fears, learn about immigration rights and where to go for help if needed. To view the resources, click here
“When we (as educators) look at children in their classrooms, what we see are future scientists, doctors, lawyers and teachers. We see children full of potential, and we cannot begin to imagine why anyone would want to deny them the promise of hope and a future,” wrote Contreras. To view the full statement, click here
Last week, the school board also passed the resolution to reassure all children and families that they are welcome and deserve a high-quality education in a caring school environment.
The resolution instructed “all students and staff continue representing the best of our country’s freedoms and values,” and reaffirmed the school board’s “commitment to providing all children who enter our schools with a high quality education that prepares them to succeed in the higher education or the careers of their choice.”
GCS serves a student body of more than 73,000 students in pre-kindergarten through 12th grade, who speak 124 world languages and dialects and who represent dozens of faith traditions and cultures. The students include many refugees fleeing oppression, genocide, poverty and war, and the district takes pride in helping those families transition to American public education.
The school board is proud of the district’s diversity and also considers it one of the most important values, stating “We are committed to creating an educational organization where a variety of persons and perspectives are welcome. We are committed to providing an environment where students and staff from all cultures and backgrounds may succeed.”
“The Guilford County Board of Education and Superintendent of the Guilford County Schools will stand with and remain in support of all of our children, recognizing that each individual brings a unique, beautiful and enriching presence to our schools and our community,” the board states in the resolution.
To read the full resolution, click here
About Guilford County Schools
Guilford County Schools, the third largest school district in North Carolina, serves nearly 72,000 K-12 students at 127 schools. With approximately 10,000 employees, GCS works alongside local parents, businesses and colleges to deliver an education that connects student interests and skills with the careers and economy of our future here and around the world. Guilford County is also a Say Yes to Education community, giving eligible GCS graduates the opportunity to apply for last-dollar tuition scholarships to attend any 2- or 4-year public institution in North Carolina. Combining choices to meet the individual educational needs for a culturally diverse citizenship and new opportunities makes our families say, “GCS, Yes!” For more information, visit the district’s website at www.gcsnc.com
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