Minneapolis Public Schools is a safe place for all students and families, regardless of their immigration status, national origin or language. The Minneapolis Board of Education affirmed this in a resolution passed last December.
It is not the role of the district to ask about the citizenship or immigration status of any of our students or families, or to enforce federal immigration laws. It has been our practice to only provide information when required by law or a valid court order. MPS will continue to ensure all students have equitable access to educational and extracurricular opportunities, including rigorous courses, engaging activities, high-quality athletics and supportive services, regardless of immigration status.
If you have questions about what this means for you or your family, read the Frequently Asked Questions below. At the bottom of the page is information regarding support for unaccompanied minors enrolled in Minneapolis Public Schools. Additional resources are located on the right-hand side of the webpage.
Frequently Asked Questions
Recent executive orders declare that undocumented persons who receive certain government aid will be deported. What does this mean related to receiving Free/Reduced Price lunch?
What about the data in the Free/Reduced Price lunch forms? What is in there and who has access?
What happens with the data required in background checks for parents who wish to volunteer?
Why did the Board of Education pass the resolution?
Will there be significant changes after the Board of Education’s resolution?
What is MPS’ equal education policy, and where can I find more information about it?
Will MPS turn-over citizenship or immigration status information, if requested by a government agency representative?
What happens when a representative of any government agency comes to the schools or makes a request?
How can families prepare for the possibility of deportation?
Where can families find legal advice on immigration matters?
What rights do families have, regardless of immigration status?
What resources are available regarding the travel restrictions for citizens of Muslim countries?
What resources are available for educators to support students and families?
Support for Unaccompanied Minors Enrolled in Minneapolis Public Schools
Minnesota is also home to a number of children who have fled their home countries in Central America to seek refuge in the United States. Minneapolis Public Schools is proud to support and ensure the smooth integration of these students into our schools and community.
The Immigration Law Project: Mid-Minnesota Legal Aid provides legal aid for immigrant students. In partnership with Minneapolis Public Schools, Mid-Minnesota Legal Aid provides free monthly legal clinics for students at Wellstone International High School and South High School. For more information about this partnership, please contact Mayra.Garcia-Rivera@mpls.k12.mn.us. Unaccompanied minors who are in immigration court are able to call Mid-Minnesota Legal Aid's intake line during business hours at 612.332.1441 for aid. Spanish speaking staff members are available to do specialized intakes.
The following resources and background information are also available for those working with unaccompanied minors in Minneapolis:
Students and families are encouraged to call their school's main office to update contact info.
Community Resources Guide (PDF)
Guía de Recursos Comunitarios (PDF)
Help your child manage traumatic events (PDF)
(Hmong) Help your child manage traumatic events (PDF)
(Somali) Help your child manage traumatic events (PDF)
(Spanish) Help your child manage traumatic events (PDF)