Many of our families are seeking support and guidance regarding their rights and safety, especially our immigrant students and families. This page has been created to assist staff with providing knowledgeable support specifically to our immigrant students and their families. At MMSD all students, families and staff, regardless of immigration status, are important members of our community. Below are various tools and resources to support our immigrant students and their families. If you have any questions, contact Ananda Mirilli, Family, Youth & Community Engagement Coordinator at 608-442-2946. 

Important information:

  • Carefully review these FAQs about the rights of immigrant students and families.

  • Someone who is “undocumented” does not have official documents needed to enter or work in the U.S. They may have entered the U.S. with legal status that has since expired or have violated the terms of their entry, or they may have overstayed a visa.

  • Undocumented immigrants are racially and ethnically diverse, from all corners of the world. There are an estimated 11.5 million undocumented immigrants in the United States, most are Latina/o, but also Asian, African, and Caribbean.

  • Most immigrant families live in mixed-status households.

  • Immigrant families may not be aware of their rights or know how to navigate the immigration system.

  • Immigrant families may fear their children will be picked up by immigration enforcement on their way to work or school.

  • Students may not know they are undocumented until they begin the college application process.

  • View “Immigration 101,” a slide deck developed for MMSD staff working with undocumented students.

General guidelines:

  • Under no circumstance should staff ask a student or family about their immigration status or ask a question that may lead families to self-disclose their status. Do not make assumptions about their status.

  • If you learn of a student or family’s immigration status, do not share that information with anyone in any way, including recording such information in our data systems or email.

  • Always convey that all students, regardless of immigration status, have a right to be in the classroom and ensure they feel welcomed in the school community.

  • Staff should model respectful discourse and behavior when interacting with each other.
  • Creating a culture of fairness means honoring students’ differing views. Sharing personal political beliefs in the classroom can be misinterpreted by students, families, or the public and violates board policy.

  • If you observe or experience discrimination, harassment or bullying of any kind, report it using this form for bullying incidents or this form for any incident of discrimination. You can also contact Eric Kestin, Title IX Investigator at 608-663-1530.

  • Utilize these resources on supporting and engaging students in the classroom.

Resources to share, especially with students or families who choose to self-identify as undocumented: