School Board Considers Policy Aimed at Protecting Refugees
Mackenzie, B.C. – Prince George School Board trustees voted in favour of a motion to consider a ‘Sanctuary School Policy’ to protect students defined as refugees at its monthly public board meeting in Mackenzie last night.
The original recommendation was brought forth by vice-chair Trish Bella and sought to have Marilyn MarquisForster, superintendent of schools, draft a Sanctuary Policy for consideration by the Board.
“The unique circumstances around students defined as refugees warrants a stand-alone policy,” read Bella’s recommendation. “The Board of Education believes all students have the right to a quality public education free from fear or harassment.”
However following concerns raised about what exactly a Sanctuary Policy is how it would work, Bella’s motion was amended to have Marquis-Forster research the issue instead and report back to the Board at a later date.
Trustee Tony Cable said he was concerned such a policy might circumvent Canada’s immigration laws which he feared could have financial implications for the Board.