Dear students, parents and community members,

The Hermiston School District wants to reaffirm to parents our commitment to welcoming all students into our schools. Parents need to know that the District will provide a safe environment where students can continue to thrive in their learning endeavors.

The Hermiston School District does not ask for immigration status when we welcome children ages 5-21 years old into our schools. The District does not discriminate against our students’ race, color, creed, gender, sexual identity or preference.

The District values and embraces diversity. Each and every student has an equal opportunity to be served in our public system and supported to reach their potential.

Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Dreamer students and families that might be affected by today’s federal decision. We will monitor the well-being of our students while they are under our care and will provide support if necessary to make sure that all our students are able to maintain focus on their learning.

We appreciate you taking the time to address these very hard topics at home and explain the District’s expectations. If your child experiences or sees harassment, bullying, or discrimination, please encourage them to tell an adult at school. Please know that the Hermiston School District is part of the Safe Oregon program where students can report such matters anonymously at www.safeoregon.com.

We appreciate the opportunity to serve you and your children.

Sincerely,

Tricia Mooney
Hermiston School District Interim Superintendent