September 16, 2014
TWG requested information from our School Superintendent about immigrants in our school system because of recent news reports from around the State and Nation. We thank Mike Newton and the school staff for their prompt response. Here is the information we received:
The Department of Education defines immigrant children as students who are:
- Ages 3 -21
- Born outside the U.S. or Puerto Rico
- Attending U.S. schools for less than 3 full academic years (not necessarily consecutive)
*may include foreign exchange students & students born outside the U.S. to U.S. citizens, including military personnel
Last school year, Jasper County Schools reported 3 confirmed immigrant students:
- 2 from Mexico
- 1 from Guatemala
The process of determining immigrant status for the current school year is still ‘in progress’ until Jasper County Schools can confirm each child meets all of the criteria listed.
At this time, there is no indication the Jasper County Schools have any of the children recently released from federal custody enrolled in the school system.
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