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Immigration and Refugee Resources

Everyone Belongs here


AUSD staff have compiled the following resources to help families, educators, and school site staff talk to students about immigrants and refugees.


Supporting Students

Southern Poverty Law Center: "Immigrant and Refugee Children: A Guide for Educators and School Support Staff"


Ed-Trust West: "Resources for Educators to Support Undocumented Students and Families"


ACSA: "Undocumented Students and Families: The Facts"


Immigrant Rights


International Institute of the Bay Area: "Know Your Rights (PDF)"


Los Derechos de Imigrantes (PDF)

Conozco sus Derechos (PDF)


California Attorney General: "Know Your Rights"


Books about Immigration

What Do We Do All Day: "12 Children's Books About Refugees"

Good Reads: "I'm New Here"

Commonsense Media: "Books to Help Kids Understand the Immigrant Experience"

I'm Your Neighbor: "Children's Books & Reading Projects Building Bridges Between 'New Arrivals' and 'Long-Term Communities'"




AUSD is a diverse and accepting "Safe Haven" school district.  We are steadfastly committed to supporting our immigrant students, and we deeply value the presence and contributions of all of our families, students, and staff.

We sincerely believe Everyone Belongs Here.  

Recent policy changes implemented at the federal level have left some families feeling uncertain of their status in our school district and community. We created this page to better provide information to our immigrant families.

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California disaster relief assistance

In response to the COVID-19 outbreak, California is providing one-time state-funded disaster relief assistance to undocumented adults who are ineligible for other forms of assistance, including assistance under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act and pandemic unemployment benefits, because of their immigration status. This state funding is expected to reach about 150,000 undocumented adults.


The California Department of Social Services has selected twelve immigrant-serving nonprofit organizations to help individuals apply for and receive this disaster relief assistance in their region. An undocumented adult who qualifies can receive $500 in direct assistance, with a maximum of $1000 in assistance per household. 


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Immigrants' Rights

At its meeting on January 17, 2017 Alameda City Councilmembers voted unanimously to adopt a resolution that reaffirms the City of Alameda’s commitment as a Sanctuary City to the values of dignity, inclusivity, and respect for all individuals, regardless of ethnic or national origin, gender, race, religious affiliation, sexual orientation, or immigration status. You can learn more about the resolution in this joint press release from the City of Alameda and Alameda Unified School District.

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AUSD Is A Safe Haven District

On January 24, 2017 Board of Education voted 5-0 to approve a resolution declaring AUSD a "safe haven" district. The resolution is below, along with Superintendent McPhetridge's letter home to families about his commitment to accepting and protecting all students.


Safe Haven Resolution

Safe Haven Resolution - English (PDF)




Resolución que declara al Distrito Escolar Unificado de Alameda Como un distrito escolar de Lugar Seguro 


 ﻗﺮار إﻋﻼن ﻣﻨﻄﻘﺔ أﻻﻣﯿﺪا اﻟﺘﻌﻠﯿﻤﯿﺔ ﻛﻤﻨﻄﻘﺔ ﺗﻌﻠﯿﻤﯿﺔ آﻣﻨﺔ

Nghị quyết Công Bố Học Khu Alameda Là Một Học Khu Học Tập An Toàn

We are each unique and beautiful

Alameda is a

Sanctuary City