We have a great challenge ahead with this issue.Migrant families are exposed to many chemicalsduring their work. These contaminated environmentsmay bring future illness to family members and alsocomplications for migrant student learning.Be sure to have good and complete health recordson each family member. This will help you updatehealth records when they return every year. Teachersand staff must be aware of any immediate illness achild may have. Migrant and general school staffmust have a plan of action as it relates to migranthealth issues. These plans should be coordinated withlocal health providers.SOCIAL ISOLATIONThe isolation of the migrants from the rest of thecommunity where they are living is hard to imagineuntil it has been experienced. Camps are located inrural areas near the fields. It is possible to drivethrough farmland where literally hundreds ofthousands of migrants are living and working, andyet be unaware of their existence.Migrants are socially invisible. Ethnic groups areoften kept separate in camps. They rarely interactwith each other, thus reinforcing the isolation. Localpeople try to keep migrants at a distance. In additionto being strangers, migrant children are oftenculturally different; local children ignore or pick onthem (Prewitt Diaz, et. al., 1990). Migrant familiestry not to use the existing local systems to get help.They will try to get help and support within themigrant camp population before they ask or apply forany health, social, or educational benefits. If they arefrom another country and do not have properdocumentation, they will not ask for any help andwill try to live totally isolated from the outside world.The migrant parent will rarely question theteacher or school system about any situationconcerning their child. They will accept as correctand unquestionable the will and demands of theschool towards their children. Most parents may feelintimidated by school meetings. They will also bediscouraged if the teacher does not speak their nativelanguage.SOCIAL ISOLATION - SOLUTIONSIt is a fact that the institution for socialization andmigrant student interaction is the school. A number offactors (e.g. language, transportation, and access)influence migrants’ involvement with the school andother community institutions. We must teach allmigrant students at an early age that it is important tolearn English in order to know the system and workwithin the system. It will be to their advantage toknow two languages. It will also help them interactwith the rest of the children.Schools must make an effort to scheduleeducational trips to museums, theaters, supermarkets,science fairs, universities, festivals, and othercommunity activities so that they learn how tobehave within the different environments and learn
from the visits. All activities must have goals andobjectives directed at instruction.