Benicia Unified School District

Community Update | March 22, 2024

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Posted On: March 22, 2024

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) Regarding Personnel Matters

In previous communications, the District indicated that they would create a Frequently Asked Question document regarding personnel matters and share it with the community. You will find the FAQ linked here: Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Infamous Traditions

We want to bring your awareness to an unsanctioned and dangerous activity that Benicia teens have participated in over the last twenty years, an underground, unwelcome event in our community. It is a chase-and-capture game referenced as “La Migra”. This activity happens in the Spring, usually on a Friday evening in late March or April.

While this activity is not in any way organized or condoned by the schools, Benicia Unified School District, or the City of Benicia, there is an urgent need to provide our community with information and ask for your partnership in putting an end to this event once and for all. We want to provide awareness about this event and see it stopped for two important reasons: the inappropriate, racist, and offensive nature of the game and the incredible safety concerns for our students and innocent bystanders.

“La Migra” is slang for Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and is the name used for this controversial game based on ICE agents deporting undocumented immigrants. The event involves older students chasing younger students through the city, trying to catch them, and possibly transporting or holding them against their will. The event begins at one location, typically a park in town, with the younger students attempting to get to a second designated location without being caught by an older student. A student who is captured is sometimes dropped off in an unknown location. There are reports of highly unsafe situations in the course of this event, including dangerous driving, students dressed in all black with masks running through backyards and private property, speeding, physical contact causing injury, unsafe physical detainment, and students being left without the ability to contact someone to pick them up. BUSD along with various community partners are working to stop this activity immediately to keep students from being injured or harmed.

In addition to the physical safety concerns, Benicia Unified School District strongly advocates for respect for all individuals, regardless of race, place of origin, sexual orientation, or disability. A game such as “La Migra” causes harm, both physical and emotional, to members of our community.

We urge every family to discuss this event, use this as an opportunity for education and understanding, and help us end this game in our community.


Damon J. Wright, Ed.D.
Benicia Unified School District

Reminder: Fiestas Primavera Saturday, March 23, 2024

The Solano Aids Coalition (SAC), along with logistical support from the City of Benicia, the Benicia Public Library, the Benicia Unified School District, Benicia Black Lives Matters, and the Kyle Hyland Foundation, is proud to announce the creation of a beautiful and inclusive Benicia cultural event “Fiestas Primavera” a Mexican/Latino Indigenous tradition to celebrate and honor the coming of spring. Please review the promotional video linked here:Fiestas Primavera

Fiestas Primavera spring fest benicia gazebo park open 10:30am to 5:00pm


Benicia High School Boys Basketball Team Section Champions Honored at the March 14, 2024, Governing Board Meeting

Benicia High School Boys Basketball Team Section Champions Honored at the<br />
March 14, 2024, Governing Board Meeting

Ms. Bonnie Ramirez and BMS Recycling Club Students Honored at the March 14, 2024, Governing Board Meeting

Ms. Bonnie Ramirez and BMS Recycling Club Students Honored at the March 14, 2024, Governing Board Meeting

Rotary Teacher of the Month

Congratulations to Ms. Debbie Baird, Benicia Middle School, for being selected as the Rotary Teacher of the Month.

Left to right: Mark Nelson, Principal BMS, Debbie Baird, PE Teacher BMS, Dr. Khush Gill,<br />
  Assistant Superintendent of Human Resources, Damon Wright, Superintendent, and Paul<br />
  Adler, Rotary President/Valero

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