RESOURCES TO HELP AVOID THE “CHILLING” EFFECT
There is growing concern surrounding the impact that the Trump administration’s
decision to rescind (cancel) DACA (the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals
program) will have on immigrants and their educational rights. In particular, the work that a school district does to collect information for school enrollment, or eligibility for Title III services, needs to be carefully conducted so as to not violate civil rights around the "chilling effect" (any practices that could intentionally or unintentionally dissuade immigrant families from enrolling their children as students).
In this free guide, Dr. David Holbrook, Executive Director of Federal Programs at TransACT advises administrators on avoiding the chilling effect while conducting enrollment and Title III services. This short, simple guide contains:
“TransACT translated document library has been a tremendous resource for language access and parent communication in our school system. Specifically, the availability of communiqués in less commonly represented languages has been pivotal to support outreach and engagement. School staff frequently commented positively on the accessibility and applicability of the translated documents and forms.”
“As a small district, we have relied on Transact to provide program specific (Title I and Title III/ESOL) communication for our families. Having access to required documents in several languages allows us to better communicate important information to support our non-English speaking families.”