December 20, 2016

Dear San Rafael City Schools Families and Community,

Over the course of the past few months, I have been overwhelmed with pride at how our San Rafael City Schools community has responded to the results of the presidential election with grace and compassion. We work very hard to make our schools safe places for learning, and also where everyone is respected and seen as a valued member of our SRCS community. From our classrooms to our Board room, there have been pledges -  and actions - to support one another and the students we serve. 

In our diverse community, we recognize that many students and families may be feeling vulnerable and have questions and concerns about the impact of the election. We also know students and others worry about their classmates and friends. In response to growing fears that governmental actions towards immigrants will have a chilling effect on the education rights of immigrant students and families, I am proud to share that our Board of Education recently adopted Resolution #1707. The resolution highlights our Board's commitment to the education of all students and makes all our campuses a safe zone for students and families threatened by immigration enforcement. Click here to download the resolution

I want to be sure our community is aware of our many community partners that offer valuable assistance, particularly immigration services. Their teams of experts have many ideas on how families can be prepared, such as how families can obtain passports, and have helpful pamphlets on knowing your rights. Additionally, they also have opportunities for students and community members to volunteer to help families during this time. Below are just a few of our partners that families can contact for more information.

In addition to these wonderful community partners, we have Family Centers at many of our schools, and their talented staff members are able to assist families when school is in session. Also, please mark your calendars for Feb. 15 from 3 - 5 pm at 1111 Las Gallinas Ave. for a Marin County Office of Education workshop that is open to the community, to provide an update on issues related to immigrant students and families. Please click here to register.

I am grateful to be the leader of our school district in a community where we are united in our commitment to value each and every student and to uphold a culture of safety and respect for diverse perspectives. As we head into Winter Break, we hope you and your families enjoy a safe and happy holiday season!


Michael Watenpaugh, Ed.D.