Snyder said communication efforts were stepped up after last year’s walkouts. The school invited several speakers to discuss different sides of the issues with students and parents. There was even a play at school that highlighted the immigration journey. “We’re all a little more comfortable with each other,” Snyder said. As with last year, students were told that anyone caught walking out would be considered truant and could be subject to tickets and Saturday school. But Jackie Ponce, a community liaison at McGrath Elementary School in Newhall, said many students and parents might have stayed home out of fear. It was reported Friday that Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials were picking up undocumented immigrants, who had received deportation orders, in the Newhall area. SANTA CLARITA – All was quiet Tuesday at Santa Clarita high schools, unlike a year ago when at least 200 students marched to City Hall with flags in hand to protest immigration policies. In sync with student protesters nationwide, Santa Clarita’s teens this year heeded the advice of teachers, administrators and community leaders and stayed in class. Jacque Snyder, principal of Golden Valley High School, said that last year kids felt personally affected by the immigration debate. “I don’t think it is as personal this year,” Snyder said. “We talked to our student leaders, and they said they had nothing planned.” “Mothers were calling me, crying; everyone is scared,” Ponce said. [email protected] (661) 257-5254160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!