According to the 2015 US Census Bureau, 50.8% of our Milpitas residents are foreign born, and in 66.2% of all Milpitas households languages other than English are spoken regularly. What does this mean for our school community? At least half of our students have a family member or friend who is an immigrant, and WE want every one of them to know how much we value their perspectives and contributions to making MUSD the unique UNIFIED school district that it is.
Given the national debate on immigrant status, it is important for us to remind our children that they all have a constitutional right to attend our schools. We have increased our efforts in creating a Culture of We so that our students feel they belong, and can continue to learn in a safe environment. Students are encouraged to talk about their feelings with their parents and trusted adults, including principals, counselors, support staff, and teachers. Parents and guardians are key partners in MUSD and we welcome their insights and collaboration in achieving a culture that is truly focused on WE.
To further extend our support, we have created a new District webpage: “Resources for Immigration Support.” This site has been compiled to assist our families and schools with community and legal resources that are available in multiple languages, and will continue to be updated as information is provided to our office. Feel free to send information or resources you receive to Shannon Carr for consideration.
Thank you Milpitas for supporting our staff, students and families; together we are the vibrant tapestry that makes our MUSD family!