The Edmonds School District Board of Directors and Superintendent Kris McDuffy sent a letter to families on Wednesday afternoon clarifying state law and the district’s policy with regard to transgender students and immigrants.
“Our intent of this letter is to show support and our care for each and every one of you,” the letter states.
District officials go on to state that they will continue to protect the rights of transgender students, including their names and pronouns, dress codes and use of restrooms and locker rooms, among others.
With regard to immigrants, district officials state the district will not function “as an arm of the federal immigration services.”
The letter also includes links to specific district policies.
Two community events are scheduled for March 27 and April 24 to help immigrant families understand their rights and to better navigate the immigration system. Details of those events are available in the letter below.
The full letter sent to families on Wednesday is below, along with links to the two events and translations of the letter in five languages:
Dear Families –
The Edmonds School District remains steadfast in its commitment that each and every student experiences a learning environment free from discrimination. Current events nationally are impacting many of our students, families, staff and community members. Our intent of this letter is to show support and our care for each and every one of you. This letter also provides clarifying information about district policy and state laws, resources available within our community and two upcoming community discussions scheduled in March and April.
District Policy and State Laws
Federal departments recently rescinded guidance on transgender students but Washington state law and Edmonds School District policy continues to protect transgender students from discrimination in school. This includes: names and pronouns, dress codes, student participation in sports and physical education, harassment, and students’ use of restrooms and locker rooms. (District policy 8201 and procedure 8201-R1). Additionally, the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) statement can be read by clicking here.
Our state’s public education system exists to serve ALL students. As a part of that system, the Edmonds School District does not function, nor will it function, as an arm of the federal immigration services. Our state’s constitutional requirement is that students are educated “without distinction or preference on account of race, color, caste or sex.” OSPI’s statement regarding collection of student data – what can and cannot be asked of students and families to provide – can be read by clicking here.
Our Diversity, Equity and Outreach (DEO) office has compiled and will continue to add to an Immigration Resources web page. We hope you find this information useful and please feel free to share with anyone in our community you think may value from it. We will continue to monitor developments and identify and build resources to support our students and families.
Community Discussion Opportunities
We’ve scheduled two community discussions with local organizations
April 24 — 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Immigration 101 Training for Service Providers and Allies by Northwest Immigrant Rights Project
Location: Meadowdale Middle School – Register here
The Edmonds School District’s 70,000 households, 20,000 students and families and 3,000 employees all come together to form an incredibly strong and rich place to live and learn. Thanks to all of you, together, we will remain a caring and nurturing place for all of our students and families.
With Highest Regards,
Edmonds School District Board of Directors / Dr. Kristine McDuffy – Superintendent