The MPS Safehaven Resolution designates all MPS Sites as a Safe Haven for undocumented students and families. The resolution outlines the steps the district will take to assure students and families that any actions that might be taken by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) on school grounds will be opposed by all legal means available.
Superintendent Darienne Driver has expressed that "Milwaukee Public Schools believes in the equitable and fair treatment of all students and families. We welcome individuals of all ethnicities, religions, cultural backgrounds, immigration status, and sexual orientation or identity. In this district, we are all valued and no one is pushed aside; this is a safe haven of learning and support."
MPS is commited to achieveing The Safe Haven resolution by:
- Designating a person at every school to serve as a resourse to immigrant and undocumented students and families.
- Developing procedures defining the appropriate steps to take if law enforcement comes to a school.
- Continuing to follow the federal Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA).
MPS does not provide legal advice to students or families, the below is a collection of available information put together by external organizations. By posting here, MPS is not endorsing but rather making available for families to review on their own.
Family Preparedness Plan
Every family should have a Family Preparedness Plan. While it is our hope that you never have to use your plan, it is a good practice to have one in place to help reduce the stress of the unexpected. This packet will help everyone create a Family Preparedness Plan, regardless of immigration status. However, because of the additional challenges immigrant and mixed status families face, there is also additional advice for immigrants.