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Social-emotional support: Harrisonburg City Schools
in Virginia has hired more counselors, interpreters and
psychologists to smooth the transition for the 100 new
refugees the 6,000-student district receives each year.

ester International Academy in 2011. It's
a K12 school with about 380 students
where curriculum, language instruction
and social services are geared toward
those who are new to the U.S., says Principal Mary Andrecolich-Diaz.
The district has about 1,600 refugees,
including a recent influx from Burma,
Congo, Iraq, Nepal and Somalia. As
soon as a student enrolls, staff from the
academy (including a grant-funded interpreter) meet with families to explain
the basics: the lunch program, academic
supplies needed, the daily school schedule
and how buses work, among other details.
"The first challenge is communicatwww.DistrictAdministration.com

ing," Andrecolich-Diaz says. "Refugees
don't know the rights they have for their
child's education."
The Granite School District, which
covers parts of Salt Lake City and is the
third largest system in Utah, enrolls
about 70 percent of the state's refugee
students. Newly arrived students-coming from Afghanistan, Bhutan, Burma,
Congo, Iraq, Somalia and about 35 other
countries-spend their first two weeks at
the district's Tumaini Center. (Tumaini is
a Swahili word meaning "hope").
Students' language and academic
abilities are assessed as they are introduced to the grading system, schedules

and even how lockers work, says Charlene Lui, the district's director of education equity.
Students who know little English get
a crash course in "survival words,"such as
restroom, library and principal. They also
review lunch menus that display icons to
let students with religious dietary restrictions know, for instance, that a meal contains no pork, Lui says.
At the same time, the families also get

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