Statement about DACA by Superintendent Carla Santorno

Tacoma Public Schools is committed to ensuring that our students feel safe, welcomed, respected at school

9/5/2017 | TACOMA, Washington

​Dear Tacoma Public Schools Families,

Tacoma Public Schools is committed to ensuring that our students feel safe, welcomed and respected at school.

Those are my words. But they are also the words of the authors of our state's constitution—Article IX, Section I:

It is the paramount duty of the state to make ample provision for the education of all children residing within its borders, without distinction or preference on account of race, color, caste, or sex.

All means all. Including our immigrant students, our Tacoma Dreamers, who fall under the provisions of the federal Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.

By now, you probably have heard that the Trump Administration intends to end the protections against deportation for immigrants whose parents brought them to this country as children. You also may have heard that our Governor and state Attorney General have vowed to fight in court to keep the DACA provisions in place. Some in Congress also have stated they will push to preserve the DACA program. This will all play out outside our direct control.

However, in Tacoma Public Schools, I want to assure you that we will not waver in our role as caretakers and educators of all of Tacoma's children.

Our ongoing commitment to the tenets of the Tacoma Whole Child Initiative commit us to paying attention to the social and emotional needs of our students. I can only imagine the stresses our Dreamer students and their families are feeling these days. That's why I call on all of us in Tacoma Public Schools to be extra-vigilant in our awareness of and support for how this stress is affecting our students and their ability to focus on learning—and be prepared to provide support. 

While some things in our world continue to change, our responsibilities remain the same. Our goal remains, that we will prepare ALL Tacoma Public School students to graduate college- and career-ready.  We remain committed to developing the Whole Child. We are preparing students to become global citizens.

We want to graduate students who value and contribute to our community. Certainly, we need your support in achieving these goals.

Thank you,

Superintendent Santorno's  Signature

Carla J. Santorno, Superintendent