Resources for Immigrant Students & Families

Sun Prairie Schools are a welcoming place for all students and families, regardless of their immigration status.

Heart with Every Child, every Day

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.

Important Information

Know your rights (English), (Spanish)
Creating a family emergency plan (English), (Spanish)

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 hamdan@countyofdane.com.

Answers to Frequently Asked Questions

Are all students legally guaranteed a free public education regardless of their immigration status?

Yes. All students, regardless of immigration status, have a right to a free and equitable K–12 education, per the Plyler v. Doe U.S. Supreme Court decision.

Would the district ever share a student’s immigration status with federal immigration officials?

Under most circumstances, by federal (Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act, FERPA) and state law, the district is prohibited from disclosing student information without parental consent.

What is Sun Prairie’s position on discrimination and harassment?

We prohibit discrimination or harassment of our students, families or employees on the basis of race, ethnicity, religion, national origin and many other protected classes.

 

What should I do if I feel I have been discriminated against or harassed in our schools?

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:

We take these complaints very seriously and rely on our families, students and staff to share concerns so we can ensure everyone’s safety.

What is Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE)?

The U.S. has an agency called Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) that enforces federal laws governing border control, customs, trade and immigration.

Can ICE come into our schools?

We have a policy that limits law enforcement activities in district schools. Law enforcement may not investigate or interview students in school without express permission to do so from a principal. Parental permission is also required in most circumstances.

What would Sun Prairie do if ICE activity is observed in or around our schools?

We have in place a rapid response team that has created a protocol to support children and families in the event that we begin to see immigration enforcement actions in or around our schools.

What can my family do to prepare for any interaction with ICE?

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.

I am concerned about deportation. Should I send my child to school?

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.

I am undocumented but my children are U.S. citizens. Will they lose their citizenship?

The U.S. Constitution grants citizenship to all people born in the U.S. regardless of their parents’ immigration status.

I am undocumented / have undocumented family members. How can the SPASD support me and my family?

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.

What is Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA)?

DACA is a kind of administrative relief from deportation. The purpose of DACA is to protect immigrant youth who meet certain eligibility criteria from deportation. DACA gives young undocumented immigrants: 1) protection from deportation, and 2) a work permit.

My native language is not English. How can Sun Prairie support me and my family?

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.