Superintendent Williams January 26, 2017 Message

January 26, 2017


Good Afternoon, AUSD Community:

In this time of uncertainty, anxiety, and fear, I want to assure our AUSD families that we are committed to protecting the right of every student to attend public schools, regardless of the immigration status of the student or of the student’s family members. AUSD is committed to providing our students with a high quality public education in a safe and nurturing environment, and we join our immigrant families and share their concerns about possible changes in federal policies. AUSD also is committed to providing a safe place to learn that is free from all forms of discrimination. We are a proud and diverse community, and we celebrate that it is our diversity that makes us such a strong and welcoming district. Thus, I want to reaffirm our commitment to promoting and elevating tolerance, inclusiveness, and kindness with all our students, staff, and families.

On February 14, 2017, the AUSD Board of Education will consider adopting Resolution 2016-17-13 - Recognition of AUSD As A Safe Haven School District.  The resolution outlines policy that provides protections to immigrant families and affirms the right of undocumented children to a public education.  It affirms all students’ right to attend AUSD schools, regardless of the immigration status or religious affiliation of the student or of the student’s family members. I encourage and invite anyone who is interested in speaking on this resolution to attend the Board Meeting on February 14th. Open session begins at 7:00 p.m.


Valerie Williams, Superintendent

Albany Unified School District