Dear families, guardians and students:
At Vancouver Public Schools, we work hard everyday to ensure that our schools are inviting, respectful and safe learning environments for each student. We want all children and their families to know they are valued members of our culturally rich and diverse learning community.
In light of recent action by President Trump to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, we want to reaffirm our commitment to providing safe and supportive schools.
Our state constitution is clear, stating “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 children are entitled to a free public K-12 education, regardless of their citizenship status. The school district does not ask about or know the citizenship status of its students or families and does not report it.
Educating the children and youth of this community is our priority. And our mission—empowering each student to develop the knowledge and essential skills to become a competent, responsible and compassionate citizen—is our ultimate goal.
How we can help
Teachers, counselors, principals and support staff can help reassure students and families about their concerns. If your child is experiencing anxiety and stress, please inform your principal or another administrator. We have dedicated staff members who can help. We want all students to come to school and know that they are safe.
Vancouver Public Schools and its employees stand together to educate the children and youth of this community. We believe that a free and appropriate education is a right for all children. We teach and learn together, because through education all things are possible.
Superintendent Steve Webb