Riverview School District

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   Riverview School District Releases Resolution
and Statement in Support of All Students
 

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At the February 28th Meeting, the Riverview School Board voted unanimously to approve Resolution 17-01, "Riverview's Commitment to Support All Students."  

The resolution below reiterates Riverview School District's commitment to support all students and families. Dr. Anthony L. Smith, district Superintendent, and the School Board worked together during a recent School Board Work Study to craft the resolution, which expresses both the district's support for all students and shares the federal laws which require schools to support all students. Also provided in the resolution are a list of resources families can access for more information. 

The resolution, followed by a School Board-Superintendent Commitment Statement, appears below:
Resolucion 17-01 Compromiso de Riverview para apoyar a todos los estudiantes

RIVERVIEW SCHOOL DISTRICT NO. 407
DUVALL, WASHINGTON
  
RESOLUTION 17-01
  
Riverview's Commitment to Support All Students

Whereas, the Riverview School District is an inclusive, collaborative, family oriented school district with high expectations, and will continue to provide support and advocacy on behalf of each student and every family we serve; and

Whereas, as a result of the U.S. Supreme Court Case Plyler v. Doe in 1982, the Court ruled that undocumented students have the same right to attend public schools as U.S. citizens and permanent residents; and

Whereas, public schools may not deny admission to a student during initial enrollment or at any other time on the basis of immigration status; and

Whereas, public schools may not treat a student differently to determine residency; and

Whereas, public schools may not engage in any practices that might have a "chilling effect" on school enrollment; and

Whereas, public schools may not require students or parents to disclose or document their immigration status, including Social Security numbers; and

Whereas, public schools may not make inquiries of students or parents that may expose their undocumented status.  Examples include asking for a student's status when enrolling the student as an English learner or when enrolling for free or reduced-priced meals; and

Whereas, some information, such as a student's race, ethnicity, and address (if the student is not homeless) is collected.  But the student's personal information cannot be disclosed to the public, nor can it be used to deny enrollment; and

Whereas, our state's public education system exists to help our students learn.  It does not function, nor will it function, as an arm of federal immigration services; and

Be it therefore resolved by the Riverview School District No. 407 Board of Directors that we, the undersigned, are committed to equity, access, understanding and respect for all of our students.  Our schools will be a safe zone for students to learn and thrive.

ADOPTED by the Board of Directors of Riverview School District No. 407 in a regular meeting thereof held on the 28th day of February, 2017, the following members being present and voting therefore:

  • Carol Van Noy, Board President
  • Danny Edwards, Board Vice President
  • Lori Oviatt, Board Director
  • Jodi Fletcher, Board Director
  • Sabrina Parnell, Board Director


RIVERVIEW'S COMMITMENT TO ALL STUDENTS

Riverview School Board and Superintendent Joint Statement

The Riverview School District is an inclusive, collaborative, family oriented school district with high expectations, and will continue to provide support and advocacy on behalf of each student and every family we serve. Bullying, harassment, intimidation or discrimination has no place in the Riverview School District. We want Riverview's commitment to equity, access, understanding and respect to continue. That is why we want to assure you that Riverview will not waver in its commitment to all of its students. Our schools will be a safe zone for students to learn and thrive. All Riverview School District staff are doing their best to make sure schools are safe places. 

Washington Superintendent of Public Instruction Statement 

As a result of the U.S. Supreme Court Case, Plyler v. Doe in 1982, the Court ruled that undocumented students have the same right to attend public schools as U.S. citizens and permanent residents. As a result of the ruling, public schools:

  • May not deny admission to a student during initial enrollment or at any other time on the basis of immigration status. 
  • May not treat a student differently to determine residency.
  • May not engage in any practices that might have a "chilling effect" on school enrollment.
  • May not require students or parents to disclose or document their immigration status, including Social Security numbers.
  • May not make inquiries of students or parents that may expose their undocumented status. Examples include asking for a student's status when enrolling the student as an English learner or when enrolling for free or reduced-priced meals.

Some information, such as a student's race, ethnicity, and address (if the student is not homeless) is collected. However, the student's personal information cannot be disclosed to the public, nor can it be used to deny enrollment. Our state's public education system exists to help our students learn. It does not function, nor will it function, as an arm of federal immigration services.

Resources

If you have any questions regarding Resolution 17-01 or the enclosed Riverview School Board statement, you are welcome to contact your student's home school(s) or the Superintendent's Office at (425) 844-4504.  


Nondiscrimination
The Riverview School District complies with all federal and state statutes and regulations and does not discriminate in any programs or activities on the basis of sex, race, creed, religion, color, national origin, age, veteran or military status, sexual orientation, gender expression or identity, disability, or the use of a trained dog guide or service animal, and provides equal access to the Boy Scouts and other designated youth groups.  This holds true for all district employment and student opportunities.  Inquiries regarding compliance and/or grievance procedures may be directed to the school district's Title IX/RCW 28A.640 Officer (Janet L. Gavigan, 425-844-4500) and Section 504/ADA Coordinator (Dr. Ken Heikkila, 425-844-4500) at 15510 1st Ave. NE, Duvall, WA 98019.