Durham Officials Buffer Schools From Immigration Authorities

Jun 19, 2017

The moves is an effort for the board to keep immigration and other law enforcement activities out of school, according to Board Member Natalie Beyer.
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The Durham Board of Education has changed district policy to buffer schools from immigration and law enforcement.

The board changed policy last week after hearing concerns from teachers and community groups that police and immigration officers could get access to student addresses and other sensitive information.
 
The moves is an effort for the board to keep immigration and other law enforcement activities out of school, according to Board member Natalie Beyer.
 
"In light of recent heightened concerned of immigration changes at the federal level, it's imperative for us in Durham to do everything we can to let families know that schools are safe places," Beyer said.
 
The new policy requires police and immigration agents to get permission from the district superintendent before accessing student information or entering a school.