Our Schools Are Sanctuaries
Nuestras Escuelas Son Santuarios
As a Sanctuary City, San Francisco believes all youth have the right to access public education and social services regardless of legal residency status. SFUSD upholds this city ordinance, and recognizes the complex circumstances and backgrounds of all newcomer students and families. In response to the 2013 humanitarian crisis of increased refugee minors from Mexico and Central America, SFUSD launched the program Caminos, with the mission of increasing access to education for Latino newcomer students and families through staff training, advocacy, community building, and the coordination of support services.
Caminos -the Spanish word for “paths” or “journeys”- was chosen to honor the particular struggle of Latino newcomers, respect the role of culture as a foundation for success, acknowledge their recent migration and arrival, and recognize SFUSD’s role in their current path towards academic success.