Leon County School District Declares Itself a "Safe Zone"

Leon County School District Declares Itself a "Safe Zone"
Posted at 5:22 PM, Apr 28, 2017
and last updated 2017-04-28 13:52:36-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) - Leon County Schools has designated the district as a "safe zone" for students when it comes to federal immigration law.

It is the first district in the Big Bend area to consider such a designation. It's primarily to give students peace of mind.

The Department of Homeland Security has already designated schools as "sensitive locations" where immigration officials can't approach anyone.

But this statement by Leon County Schools reassures students who may feel unsafe for themselves and their families.

Board Member Roseanne Wood says a teacher reached out to her after a few students expressed fear in light of current immigration policies. Wood says there's no way to determine how many students are undocumented in the district because schools don't ask about immigration status.

This week, the district drafted a statement, expressing its commitment to educating and protecting all students. Counselors have been trained to support students and family who may be affected by the new immigration policies.

Wood says a local attorney has offered her services to assist families dealing with immigration issues.