Area school districts prepare for new students, some from Central America

SAN ANTONIO -- The new school year is about to begin later this month and districts are prepared to receive some students who are temporarily in the U.S. from Central America.

KENS 5 spoke with one of the largest school districts in Texas.

A spokesman with the Northside I.S.D. said they typically receive 2,500 new students and it's likely that any students here from Central America would be received within that number.

A spokesman with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services said undocumented children staying in shelters are provided education services by contractors, but those already with sponsors or family members could enroll at various Texas school districts where they're staying as their immigration cases proceed.

It's estimated that about 4,300 children from Central America are currently in that situation.

"I suppose as it gets closer to the start of school someone in the federal government will let us know what to expect whether a few kids or a whole lot of them," said Pascual Gonzalez, Communications Director for the Northside I.S.D. "Federal law requires that we educate anybody who comes knocking on our school door."

A spokesperson with the Texas Education Agency said students who are in the U.S. illegally from Central America can enroll as regular students. The state will know more once students start enrolling.

"Northside school district will do whatever is required of us by state and federal law we're in the education business and should these children land in Northside I.S.D. we will take care of them," said Gonzalez.


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