Ottumwa school board votes to protect DACA students

Ottumwa School Board discusses the future of its DACA students. (Chris Arbino/KTVO)

The Ottumwa School Board voted to protect the information of its DACA students Monday night.

The issue has come to light recently as President Trump announced his decision to end the program.

That leaves many residents living in Ottumwa concerned for their future.

The school board voted unanimously to protect the immigration status information of its students.

Newly appointed board president Lesa Walker read a prepared statement highlighting the boards stance on the issue.

Students, Parents and Community Members,
Recently, it was announced that the Department of Homeland Security rescinded the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) policy and will stop processing any new applications for the program. To all our students who are impacted by this decision, please know that the Ottumwa Community School District stands by you.
We serve all families in our District and we want our students to be safe, to feel welcome, and to learn and succeed in our schools and our community. As a District, we remain committed to celebrating and embracing our diversity, as that diversity makes us stronger. We also want to assure these students and families that we will not be giving out immigration status information. The health, education, and well-being of our students are of the upmost importance to us as a district.
At the Ottumwa CSD, we are dedicated to engage, educate, and empower every student every day. We are inclusive. We welcome and care for all students regardless of immigration status. We also support all children, no matter their birth place, religion, color, or language. At the Ottumwa District, every student matters.
No matter what happens with the future of the DACA program, the way our District interacts, serves, and educates our students will not change. Our district has the responsibility to provide safe, secure, and nurturing environment for all of our students. The Ottumwa CSD will continue to service and meet the needs of all students now and in the future.
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