We have a great challenge ahead with this issue Migrant families are exposed to

We have a great challenge ahead with this issue

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We have a great challenge ahead with this issue. Migrant families are exposed to many chemicals during their work. These contaminated environments may bring future illness to family members and also complications for migrant student learning. Be sure to have good and complete health records on each family member. This will help you update health records when they return every year. Teachers and staff must be aware of any immediate illness a child may have. Migrant and general school staff must have a plan of action as it relates to migrant health issues. These plans should be coordinated with local health providers. SOCIAL ISOLATION The isolation of the migrants from the rest of the community where they are living is hard to imagine until it has been experienced. Camps are located in rural areas near the fields. It is possible to drive through farmland where literally hundreds of thousands of migrants are living and working, and yet be unaware of their existence. Migrants are socially invisible. Ethnic groups are often kept separate in camps. They rarely interact with each other, thus reinforcing the isolation. Local people try to keep migrants at a distance. In addition to being strangers, migrant children are often culturally different; local children ignore or pick on them (Prewitt Diaz, et. al., 1990). Migrant families try not to use the existing local systems to get help. They will try to get help and support within the migrant camp population before they ask or apply for any health, social, or educational benefits. If they are from another country and do not have proper documentation, they will not ask for any help and will try to live totally isolated from the outside world. The migrant parent will rarely question the teacher or school system about any situation concerning their child. They will accept as correct and unquestionable the will and demands of the school towards their children. Most parents may feel intimidated by school meetings. They will also be discouraged if the teacher does not speak their native language. SOCIAL ISOLATION - SOLUTIONS It is a fact that the institution for socialization and migrant student interaction is the school. A number of factors (e.g. language, transportation, and access) influence migrants’ involvement with the school and other community institutions. We must teach all migrant students at an early age that it is important to learn English in order to know the system and work within the system. It will be to their advantage to know two languages. It will also help them interact with the rest of the children. Schools must make an effort to schedule educational trips to museums, theaters, supermarkets, science fairs, universities, festivals, and other community activities so that they learn how to behave within the different environments and learn
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from the visits. All activities must have goals and objectives directed at instruction.
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  • Fall '19
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