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Superintendent Bowes addresses We All Belong and Suspension of DACA
Posted by: Maria Clayton Published: 9/7/17

Excerpt from Superintendent Comments at the September 7, 2017, Board of Education Meeting


As I start my second year here in Davis, I think the greatest long-term reward our schools and community will reap is our commitment to inclusive and diverse programs, schools and classrooms. 


I want to thank the Board for their support of the We All Belong Resolution and other motions that foster the inclusion of all students in our many programs. 

First, I want to specifically address the topic of student information.


At site and district level, we monitor and evaluate staffing and enrollment through spring, summer and into the current school year.  As part of that work, principals balance classes by taking into consideration factors such as teacher input, learning needs, social-emotional needs, classroom support, behavior and other school and program considerations.  Individual school site enrollment will likely change over the next couple of weeks.  


Our schools and classrooms are strengthened by a diverse student population.  Whether a student receives services for speech and language, a medically-related issue, has a severe allergy, receives different accommodations or modifications to their instructional program, is an English learner, on free or reduced priced lunch plan, is a gifted student, has a mild, moderate or severe learning disability, is differently-abled, is homeless, a foster youth, an immigrant or citizen, is older or younger than their peers, expresses their gender identity differently than many of their peers, is on the autism spectrum, or is doing well or poorly in their studies is all protected and confidential information, disclosable only to staff and parents or guardians.


While some student information is reported in the aggregate, part of purposefully constructed data-gathering mechanisms, less information is released as we come closer to a school, a grade level and specific classroom and individual students. This is because, as we get closer to the classroom, it becomes very easy to identify specific students based on their different attributes.  We take very seriously our commitment to protecting student and staff information under the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act, known as FERPA, and medically confidential information protected by the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, known as HIPPA. 

In addition to protecting student information, our We All Belong Resolution also speaks to our commitment to keep all students safe at school.


Here in Davis we will continue to foster an environment where all students, staff, parents and community members feel welcome and included in DJUSD.  As we aspire to be a place of open dialog and diverse perspectives, it is important to understand that there is no tolerance for any unlawful act of discrimination, including discriminatory harassment, intimidation, or bullying against any student.


Our schools and classrooms are safe zones for everyone and will continue to be a place where all students, employees and families feel welcome and safe regardless of their race, color, ancestry, national origin, ethnic group identification, age, religion, marital or parental status, physical or mental disability, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, gender expression or immigration status. 


In light of the recent announcement regarding the repeal of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, we wanted to take a moment to remind our entire community that the Davis Joint Unified School District welcomes all students and families, regardless of their immigration status.


While this information is still unfolding, there are many unknown factors as to how these changes will be implemented and the impact they may have on our Davis Joint Unified School District community.


We encourage students to talk about their feelings with trusted adults, including principals, counselors, and teachers.  However, any questions pertaining to the unique legal ramifications on your family as a result of DACA being rescinded should be addressed by a private immigration attorney or free legal advice you can find information about on our district website.


Please note that earlier this week State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson denounced the decision to suspend DACA and told California public school students and their families that California will keep protecting and supporting them. 



In Davis Joint Unified School District, we reaffirm our commitment to the We All Belong Resolution and the tenets that protect all students in our district.

(For more information about the DJUSD We All Belong efforts, visit www.djusd.net/belong)