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Immigration at California Schools: Guide for Students & Families
Know Your Educational Rights


All children have a right to equal access to free public education, regardless of their or their parents’/guardians’ immigration status.

All children in California:

  • Have the right to a free public education.
  • Must be enrolled in school if they are between 6 and 18 years old.
  • Have the right to attend safe, secure, and peaceful schools.
  • Have a right to be in a public school learning environment free from
    discrimination, harassment, bullying, violence, and intimidation.
  • Have equal opportunity to participate in any program or activity offered by the school without discrimination.

The Office of the Attorney General in the California Department of Justice has put out a brochure with information about immigration enforcement activities at California public schools. It is available in several languages: English    Spanish    Traditional Chinese    Vietnamese    Korean   Tagalog    Arabic

They have also created a guide for school officials so that they know what to do if an immigration-enforcement official comes to their school or asks for personal information about a student and his/her family member(s).

Quick Reference for School Officials

A more comprehensive guide is also available:

Promoting a Safe and Secure Learning Environment for All:
Guidance and Model Policies to Assist California’s K-12 Schools
in Responding to Immigration Issues


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Olaina Anderson for School Board 2018
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