Burnaby board ponders sanctuary schools policy

The Burnaby Teachers’ Association (BTA) wants the school board to adopt a policy that would make accessing education easier and less frightening for families like hers.

Last month, the teachers’ union invited trustees, the district parent advisory council and local immigrant rights activist Harsha Walia to a meeting to discuss a possible so-called “sanctuary schools” policy.

“What was identified is that, although there was no instances of staff being aware that any student has been turned away, the concern was that’s because parents aren’t sending them in the first place to register because of the fear of being discovered with less than legal status,” said trustee Gary Wong, chair of the board’s policy committee.

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