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Immigrant and Refugee Family Information

Groveport Madison School District is proud of the welcoming and inviting environment that has been created in our area over the past several years. We embrace our diversity and the many peoples and nations that have become part of the fabric of the community as a whole.

We are committed to supporting, educating, and keeping safe all of our students, regardless of where they came from or how they got here. Our schools and offices are places where children and employees should feel safe, supported, affirmed, and appreciated – regardless of sex, race, color, religion, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, ancestry, familial status, military status, or national origin.

Please note the following agencies and community resources that are available to assist families with questions or concerns regarding the president’s executive orders impacting immigration, refugees and foreign travel.

Ethiopian Tewahedo Social Services

Frequently-Asked Questions

Please note the following answers to some of the questions that have become prevalent across our community and the nation.

Q:  What impact does undocumented immigration status have on my child’s education?
A:  None! Children have a constitutional right to have equal access to education regardless of their
      immigration status or their parents’ status. That right cannot be taken away by the president or the
      state or federal legislatures.

Q:  Does Groveport Madison Schools ask for a child’s immigration status when he or she
A:  No. Public school districts have an obligation to enroll students regardless of their immigration
      status and without discrimination on the basis of race, color or national origin.

Q:  Would the school district ever share our students’ immigration status with the federal
      immigration officials?
A:  As mentioned above, we do not ask for students’ immigration status when they enroll. However, if
      we became aware of a student’s lack of immigration status, we would not share that information
      with the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS).

Q:  What does Groveport Madison Schools do to ensure that no student is discriminated
       against or harassed because of their race, ethnicity, religion or national origin?
A:   Our Board of Education has very clear policies in place that mandate no discrimination or
       harassment of our students or employees on the base of race, ethnicity, religion, national origin
       and many other protected classes.

Q:  What should I do if I feel like I have been the victim of discrimination or harassment?
A:  Please report the behavior immediately to a supervisor, school leader or to the superintendent.
      Complaints and concerns can be filed using the forms and procedures in our Board of Education
      Policies. We take these complaints very seriously in order to assure that our schools continue to be
      safe spaces.

Q:  What about if I am a DACA recipient?
A:  Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) is based on an order by the president. If you are
      a recipient of DACA, consider reaching out to an immigration attorney in order to determine if
      you have access to a better form of immigration status.

Q:   What should I do if I want to understand my immigration rights?
A:   Only immigration attorneys can provide you with accurate advice about immigration status and
       how you can pursue any legal rights you might have.
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