MPS Board of Education Passes Sanctuary Resolution
Friday, January 13, 2017 11:15 AM

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The Minneapolis Board of Education passed the resolution to strengthen existing Minneapolis Public Schools’ (MPS) policies and practices and to declare MPS a safe place for all students and families, regardless of their immigration status, national origin or language. We are committed to the safety and emotional well-being of our students and will continue to provide a safe and welcoming learning environment for all.
Read the entire resolution here. To view a full list of district policies, visit policy.mpls.k12.mn.us.
 
Sanctuary resolution FAQ
 Why did the Board of Education pass the sanctuary resolution?
The Board of Education passed the resolution to reinforce existing Minneapolis Public Schools’ (MPS) policies and practices that make MPS a safe place for all students and families, regardless their immigration status, national origin or language.
 
 Will there be significant changes after the Board of Education’s resolution?
There will not be significant changes. MPS is recommitting to the policies and practices that already exist and sharing information with staff, students, families and community members to ensure they are aware of school policies and practices regarding citizenship and immigration status.
 
 What is MPS’ equal education policy, and where can I find more information about it?
The purpose of this policy is to ensure that equal educational opportunity is provided for all students regardless their immigration status, national origin or language. MPS is committed to the success of every student, and our mission is to support students to be career and college ready. Learn more about MPS equal educational policy here.
 
 Will MPS turn-over citizenship or immigration status information, if requested by a government agency representative? MPS does not collect or keep citizenship and immigration status information or enforce immigration laws.
If a representative of any government agency inquires about a student or family, they are referred to the MPS Office of General Counsel. General Counsel then requires substantiation of legal authority or a court order before releasing any information the district may have about a student or family. We will continue to provide a safe and welcoming learning environment for our students and families.
 
 If a student or family feels that someone of MPS has violated this resolution by inquiring about their citizenship or immigration status, where can they go to report the incident or receive support?
MPS is committed to the physical safety and well-being of all students and will ensure that all district facilities are welcoming and safe places for students and their families. If a student or family feels that someone of MPS has violated this resolution, they should immediately contact the leadership team at their child’s school or the MPS Office of Equality and Civil Rights. Read the entire resolution here. To view a full list of district policies, visit http://policy.mpls.k12.mn.us/.