Commitment to Immigrant Students and Families

  • (en español)

    As a new school year begins, the Mayor’s Office of the City of Baltimore and Baltimore City Public Schools reaffirm their commitment to providing safe, inclusive, and welcoming environments for all students and members of school communities. All children in the United States are entitled to a free public education, regardless of their place of birth or immigration status. All students are also protected by federal law that restricts schools from sharing personal information with law enforcement or other third parties, including details of immigration status or national identity.

    Success at school begins with regular school attendance. All students should come to school every day confident that City Schools will uphold and protect their privacy and their rights. Staff members should also be confident that the commitment to providing safe, stable environments for teaching and learning extends also to them.

    For more information, please scroll down on this webpage. For resources from the City of Baltimore, visit the Mayor’s Office of Immigrant and Multicultural Affairs at https://mayor.baltimorecity.gov/node/2229.

    1. Education for all children
    • All children in the United States have the right to a free public education.

    • All students have equal access to academic programs, extracurricular activities, services, and supports. 

    • All reports of discrimination, bullying, or harassment are taken seriously and fully investigated. (Please contact your school to learn how to do so.)
    2. Student privacy and safety
    • School staff members will not ask about you or your child’s immigration status and will not require documentation of status for enrollment or any other school activity. 

    • School staff members will not provide information about student immigration status to immigration or other law enforcement officers.

    • The only information that school staff members can share is a student’s name, address, telephone number, photograph, participation in activities and sports, height and weight (if on an athletic team), years in attendance within City Schools, grade, major field of study, degrees, honors and awards, and institution attended prior to enrollment. However, you can let your school know that you do not want this information shared by filling out a form. (Please contact your school to learn how to do so.)

    • Immigration officials will only come on school campuses under special circumstances, such as if there is an immediate public safety concern or if they possess a search warrant, subpoena, or court order. If immigration officials enter a school, school staff members will immediately escort them to the school office and administrator in charge.