Parent Resources

Information for Immigrant Families

The Department of Education (DOE) and the Mayor’s Office are committed to protecting the right of every student to attend public school, regardless of immigration status, national origin, or religion. The United States Supreme Court has also recognized the importance of public education for all students, including undocumented students.

We want you to know that the DOE:

  • Does not permit federal agents, including Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), to enter schools, except when absolutely required by law;
  • Does not track immigration status of students or family members, and will not release student information unless absolutely required to by law; and
  • Will continue to ensure that all students get a quality education.
  • Public schools are at the center of our democracy, and New York City schools remain safe places for all students, families, and educators.

"Public Charge" Information for Families

Accessing school-based services—including educational services and supports, free breakfast or lunch, or school-based health clinics—does not put those seeking a green card/permanent legal resident card or a visa at risk of being considered a public charge. 

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