The Oregon Department of Education director said bus stops, like schools, should be safe, inclusive and welcoming for all students and families. He called the arrest traumatic not only for the family of the arrested parent but also for every student on the bus who witnessed it.
School staff should understand Oregon law and the protections it provides for students and their families, the email advised. Oregon’s sanctuary law prohibits using public resources to arrest people whose only offense is an immigration violation. Oregon’s privacy protection law prevents disclosure of citizenship information unless required by the law.
Gill suggested schools should develop plans to address community concerns, share information on families’ rights and offer professional learning so staff know how to respond. ODE has created a “DACAmented/Undocumented Toolkit” to help schools.