Across the nation, students have held protests in reaction to recent school shootings. It is a unique time in our country, and it’s profound to see the conversation led by students. There is a National School Walkout planned for March 14 and a march in Washington D.C. on March 24.
We are working with students, staff, and local authorities to ensure students can have their voices heard. While we do not prohibit free speech, we ask families take steps to help keep students safe.
- Understand that walkouts are not school-sponsored events.
- We require a parent/guardian phone call so time outside the classroom can be considered an excused absence. Please talk with your students. If they intend to walk out, call your child’s school to provide notification of the absence. We have an obligation to know where students are to ensure their safety.
- Students who leave class without notification will receive an unverified absence. We respect students’ First Amendment right to assemble peacefully, and we will not discipline students for the act of protesting.
- We are discussing with our student leadership groups to consider ways that we can provide students avenues to express their opinions while remaining on campus and participating in instructional time in class.
- Students should feel free to engage in the learning process regardless of their personal beliefs. As a district, we remain neutral. We are here to keep students safe and support their education.
If you have any questions about this matter, feel free to reach me at firstname.lastname@example.org or call me at 815-943-4022.
Dr. Corey Tafoya
Download a copy of the letter:
Carta del Dr. Tafoya – una marcha nacional escolar para el 14 de marzo
Dr. Tafoya Letter – March 14 National School Walkout