WDMCS Superintendent Response to DACA Repeal
This week, the White House announced plans to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. DACA offers protections for young undocumented immigrants who arrived in the United States as children. Nearly 800,000 DACA recipients are currently able to work and study in the U.S. due to the protections the program offers.
In the West Des Moines Community Schools, our mission is to graduate students who can “thrive in and contribute to a diverse and changing world.” We are part of that diverse world. Our students represent more than 30 countries and have a wide range of experiences and backgrounds. Our mission applies to all of our students; regardless of background, each of them has the potential to thrive in and contribute to our community.
Our focus in the West Des Moines Community Schools is helping all students achieve that potential. Students will remain our focus, and we will continue to empower each of them to learn, grow, and succeed.
As we work together toward our mission, we must remember that diversity strengthens us. We will not tolerate racism or bigotry. Students, teachers, families, and staff members must respect one another, even when we do not agree and especially when events in our country highlight our differences rather than the things we have in common.
Recognizing and fostering each student’s potential is something that must be lived out each day. Let us work together in educating responsible lifelong learners who can thrive in and contribute to our community. We all can contribute to reaching this goal for our schools, our community, and our students.
Lisa Remy, Ed.D.
West Des Moines Community Schools