All Kids Are Our Kids
All Kids Are Our Kids
THE LIVERMORE VALLEY JOINT UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT AFFIRMS THE FOLLOWING, as reflected in our Board policies and practices and in adherence to Federal and State laws:
The mission statement of the Livermore Valley Joint Unified School District ensures that each student graduates with the skills needed to contribute and thrive in a changing world.
The Livermore Valley Joint Unified School District is committed to the success of all students, and to the provision of a safe, welcoming, and inclusive learning environment to ensure their success.
Our District has policies in place that embrace the diversity of our students and families and the cultural assets they bring to our District, and strongly supports and encourages the participation of all parents and families in our schools.
Our District cultivates a culture of respect by integrating character education with learning at all schools and by reinforcing and building upon what we have in common as a unified District.
Our District follows all Federal and State laws and constitutional provisions prohibiting discrimination on the basis of race, color, sex, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, transgender status, disability, religion, national origin, age, immigration status, marital status, pregnancy status, veteran status, ancestry, ethnicity, or nationality.
Our District follows Federal and State laws, which provide that all children in the United States are entitled to equal access to public elementary and secondary education regardless of their actual or perceived race, color, national origin, citizenship, immigration status, or the status of their parents/guardians.
Our District follows Federal and State laws that prohibit educational agencies from disclosing personally identifiable student information without the consent of a parent or guardian, a court order or lawful subpoena, or in the case of a health or safety emergency.
Our District has policies in place that provide the foundation for an optimal learning environment by preventing the discrimination, harassment, intimidation, and bullying of students based on their protected status.
Furthermore, our District acknowledges that education of our youth has a critical role in furthering respect and strengthening our society.
The Livermore Valley Joint Unified School District embraces the concept that All Kids Are our Kids, and declares our unequivocal commitment that all District school campuses and worksites provide a safe, welcoming, and inclusive learning environment for all students.
Our District reaffirms our focus on promoting and elevating respect, inclusiveness, and kindness of all students, families, staff, and guests at all District school campuses and worksites.
Our District continues to actively seek out educational resources and cultivate community partnerships in support of diversity, inclusion, and respect, thereby reinforcing through actions, our commitment to fulfilling the District’s mission for all students.
Livermore Police Chief's letter to the community on local immigration policy
Immigration is an important and sensitive issue in many communities. The belief that local police departments could begin targeting individuals based on their immigration status has caused uncertainty and fear among many of our residents.
The Livermore Police Department wishes to reassure our community that we are committed to protecting and treating all individuals equally, without regard to race, color or national origin or in any way that would violate the United States or California Constitutions.
To ensure a safe community, all individuals, regardless of their immigration status, must feel secure that contacting or being contacted by the Livermore Police Department will not make them vulnerable to deportation. We want to encourage victims and witnesses to contact our departments about crime without fear of reprisal. Without this type of cooperation and trust, crime will go unreported, community safety is impacted and we are less effective as public servants.
For this reason it is our policy that the immigration status of individuals, absent other criminal behavior, is not a matter for local police action. Members of the Livermore Police Department will not attempt to determine the immigration status of crime victims and witnesses or take enforcement action against them based on their status. The only exception to this rule would require circumstances in which a person is suspected of being involved in violating criminal laws and is a threat to public safety. In those rare circumstances both probable cause and supervisor review will be required. In no case will an individual who is otherwise ready to be released continue to be detained only because questions about the individual's immigration status are unresolved.
It is not the intent of LPD’s policy on immigration to give the City of Livermore “Sanctuary City” status. We will continue to cooperate with our federal law enforcement partners. Requests by ICE, or any other federal agency, for assistance from this department are directed to a supervisor and depending on the circumstances, department staff may provide available support services, such as traffic control or peacekeeping efforts, to ICE or other federal agencies; However, Livermore Police Officers will not take enforcement actions on immigration offenses.
We understand there is concern and fear in certain segments of our community over this issue. It is our hope that sharing this message will lead to a better understanding that reduces fear and builds trust. We appreciate the support of our community and look forward to continuing our mission of “Service with Honor, Protection with Purpose.”
Michael D. Harris
Chief of Police