The Los Angeles Unified Board of Education voted on Sept. 15 to unanimously approve a resolution to support Afghan refugee families.
Written by Board Vice President Nick Melvoin, the resolution also will reaffirm the district’s commitment to welcoming students of all backgrounds and nationalities into school communities.
“In thinking about the recent events unfolding in Afghanistan from the perspective of a school district, I wanted to see not just what we could say, but really what we could do to support Afghan refugee families coming to Los Angeles to build a new life,” Melvoin said. “More broadly, this is a moment to reflect and make sure that every newcomer student in LA Unified feels welcome, supported and safe in our school communities.”
The resolution also recognized the advocacy of California’s congressional members, led by U.S. Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Burbank), and aims to build on that work to open doors and welcome refugee families from Afghanistan.
“Afghan students from around the world are experiencing anxiety and sadness as they watch and wonder what will happen to their home, family and friends,” Interim Superintendent Megan Reilly said. “As leaders, we must walk alongside them and support them in every way. Los Angeles Unified welcomes all students and we remain committed to providing them a safe place to learn, thrive and grow.”
“Our school district has made a steadfast commitment to welcoming and supporting our immigrant families,” Board President Kelly Gonez said. “I’m happy to stand with my colleagues to reaffirm our support of refugees and newcomers fleeing the tragic events in Afghanistan. I’m confident they’ll find the stability, support and resources they need as we welcome them to our schools.”
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