Resources for Immigrant Students & Families
Sun Prairie Schools are a welcoming place for all students and families, regardless of their immigration status.
At the Sun Prairie Area School District:
We stand by all of our students, staff, and families.
The Sun Prairie Area School District celebrates and values our diverse community. We support and are inclusive of all students, staff, families, and community members of all races, ethnicities, faiths, national origins, immigration statuses, political viewpoints, abilities, sexual orientations, and gender identities.
We stand by our students with disabilities and their families. We will continue to staunchly protect the rights of people of all abilities.
All children will be safe and loved in our schools…..Every Child, Every Day.
If you have an immigration-related emergency, call or text Voces de la Frontera 24/7 hotline at: 414-418-9409.
If you need support directly related to ICE activity, contact Fabiola Hamden, Dane County Immigration Affairs Specialist at 608.242.6260 or via email.
- Are all students legally guaranteed a free public education regardless of their immigration status?
- Would the district ever share a student’s immigration status with federal immigration officials?
- What is Sun Prairie’s position on discrimination and harassment?
- What should I do if I feel I have been discriminated against or harassed in our schools?
- What is Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE)?
- Can ICE come into our schools?
- What would Sun Prairie do if ICE activity is observed in or around our schools?
- What can my family do to prepare for any interaction with ICE?
- I am concerned about deportation. Should I send my child to school?
- I am undocumented but my children are U.S. citizens. Will they lose their citizenship?
- I am undocumented / have undocumented family members. How can the SPASD support me and my family?
- What is Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA)?
- My native language is not English. How can Sun Prairie support me and my family?
If you feel you have been the victim of discrimination or harassment, we encourage you to report it. Here are three ways to do so:
- Report the behavior immediately to your school principal or a staff member.
- File a complaint or concern using this form for bullying incidents or this form for any incident of discrimination on the basis of the items listed above.
- Contact Janet Rosseter, Title IX Investigator at 608.834.6683
We take these complaints very seriously and rely on our families, students and staff to share concerns so we can ensure everyone’s safety.
Make sure that family members and students understand their rights. Feel free to contact your school principal, counselor or social worker for guidance on resources to support you, or contact one of the local or national organizations listed here.
Although we do not know at this time what approach federal authorities will take toward undocumented students and families, all Sun Prairie students, regardless of immigration status, are valued members of our community and we are committed to ensuring that they are always welcome and safe in our schools. We always encourage students to attend school so as to not negatively impact their instructional time; however, we strongly support you in making the decision that is best for your child.
Staff in schools are prepared to support the emotional well-being of all students regardless of immigration status. Feel free to contact your school principal, student services staff for resources that might support you. You can also contact our EL Coordinator, Ann Williams, at 608.834.6501. You do not need to disclose your immigration status to receive support services.
You can contact your school English Language (EL) representative to request interpretation services.
If you have additional questions about your rights, immigration enforcement, deportation, citizenship and/or DACA, we recommend contacting one of the many local or national organizations listed here for guidance and support. Seek assistance from a reputable immigration lawyer. Visit immigrationlawhelp.org for more information about non-profit legal service organizations by state.
This information was adapted from the Madison Metropolitan School District.