We encourage all our Berkeley Public Schools families to think about who would care for your child in an emergency, and make sure you have a plan in place. Superintendent Evans shared this detailed bilingual communication with families on May 8, 2017.
The Immigrant Legal Resource Center has created information about Family Preparedness Plans to help families prepare for emergency situations. You can download a plan here or ask your school for a copy:
Anyone can use this plan, regardless of immigration status, although our immigrant families have special concerns that are also addressed in this packet, including knowing your rights and resources in case there is concern about an undocumented member of the family.
For more about immigrant rights and resources, please go to:
Custodial Parent Authorization and Caregiver Affidavits
An important part of your family preparedness plan is choosing someone who could care for your child if you are unable to do so, or in case family members are separated.
For some families it may be appropriate to have a Custodial Parent Authorization as part of a plan you make ahead of time. This form notifies your school that you have authorized another parent to act on your behalf for school matters. You can download the form here: Custodial Parent Authorization
If your child needs to live with another caregiver adult other than a parent/guardian, that caregiver adult will need to inform the school district with the use of a Caregiver’s Affidavit.
For any questions about these issues, please contact Student Services at 883-5224 and ask for Dr. Susan Craig.