In light of the recent intensive ICE enforcement actions, school administrators should review policies and procedures to ensure that they are prepared if such an action impacts their students. Educators and advocates know that students from immigrant communities are experiencing significant anxiety about enforcement actions, in which children can be separated from parents or other caregivers with no notice. This anxiety impacts a student’s ability to focus at school and can lead to behavior issues. Student absences can rise as children are afraid to leave their parents. Students from immigrant families are also experiencing an increase in bullying and harassment. School staff need additional guidance and tools so that they are ready to support students. Further, schools need to have emergency plans in place in case an immigration enforcement action leaves students without a parent or guardian contact.
The following are some steps that schools can take to support students:
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