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Recent Announcement on Deferred Action For Childhood Arrivals (DACA)

HILLSBOROUGH, NC 6 SEPTEMBER 2017- Recently, the federal government has released guidance on the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.  The school system cannot provide advice in terms of immigration law, but the Board of Education and the school system stands resolutely for equal access to public education for immigrant children.

Orange County is a compassionate and caring community that is committed to creating a welcoming atmosphere that values equality and social justice. North Carolina ranks seventh in the nation for total number of DACA beneficiaries, just behind Arizona. Consequently, our community is home to DACA beneficiaries and other immigrant children.  Orange County Schools steadfastly affirms the right of all children to attend public schools where they reside.

As a school system, we want to provide certainty for all of our families: all children in our district will have equal access to public education, regardless of immigration status. Moreover, Orange County Schools will continue to work with all of the Orange County Government departments to make services and resources available to help welcome children into our community and to ensure equal access under the law.

Our school system acknowledges the dignity and worth of all students and employees and strives to create a safe, caring, and inviting school environment. If you have questions about equal access within Orange County Schools, please contact the Office of the Superintendent at (919) 732-8126.

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