Members of the Albemarle County Social Services Advisory Board (SSAB) are secretly grappling with the problem of “undocumented, unaccompanied” minors in Albemarle County Schools.
In correspondence obtained by The Schilling Show, SSAB Samuel Miller District representative, Janet Morrow, informs Albemarle County Supervisor, Liz Palmer, of the “50 or so undocumented unaccompanied minors that are now in Albemarle County schools.” [emphasis added]
Ms. Morrow characterizes the children as having “no legal guardian or legal custodian, even though they were placed in homes in our area,” which “causes problems in even enrolling in school.”
“They arrive in our area because on arrival at the border, these kids have the name and phone of a person in Albemarle County that they were told before leaving their country of origin that this person is whom they should go to,” Morrow continues.
A small working group is attempting to engage other “community players,” including: “Region 10, Juvenile Court, City Schools, Legal Aid and the police.”
Morrow does not explain how minors without legal custodians are able to enter Albemarle County Schools. Nor does she address likely concerns of parents regarding immunizations or lack thereof, disease-screening, liability for violent acts, class size issues, fiscal impacts, student safety, cultural difficulties, and more.
The working group sees “no solution” to the problem, presently, but will be communicating with Fairfax County, “which has a similar problem.”
UPDATE, 9/15/2014 6:40 PM: Albemarle County Public Schools policy seems to preclude enrollment of the 50 referenced children:
“At the time of registration, the parent or legal guardian (proof of guardianship required) must submit two proofs of residency in Albemarle County. Post office boxes and driver’s licenses are not considered proofs of residency.”
As does State Requirements for Enrollment, as referenced on ACPS web site:
State Enrollment Requirements
In order to enroll a child in a public school system in Virginia, state law requires the parent/guardian to provide certain information to the school division:
School Entrance Health Form
Social Security Number
(h/t Randolph Byrd)