Dear Division 16,
Please read the article below about New Westminster becoming the first school district in British Columbia to call itself a “Sanctuary School District”.
This means that children can attend school in New Westminster even if their families have not resolved all of their immigration issues. The concern is that families who feel unsafe or uncertain in Canada may not choose to send their children to school for fear of being arrested or deported.
Vancouver is not a sanctuary district, although discussions are leading in this direction. Instead, Vancouver has adopted a “Access Services Without Fear” policy which achieves some of the same goals.
For your post, please consider the impact such a policy might have on a school. Make sure to explain your thinking and choose one (or both) of the following questions to answer:
- Who will be affected by this policy and how? What issues this might resolve and what issues might be caused
- Why do you think such a policy was undertaken by the New Westminster School District?
I look forward to your responses!