The National School Walkout, a protest taking place in hundreds of locations, has become a topic of controversy as some schools vow not to support it. The walkout will last 17 minutes to honor the 17 students and staff members killed at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, on Valentine’s Day. Here’s how JCPS is planning on handling the situation. This is the guidance that was provided to principals this morning at the district principals’ meeting.
March 7, 2018
As you know, a nationally organized student walkout is planned for March 14 at 10 a.m. As you think ahead, I encourage each of you to speak with students in your building and encourage alternate activities; however, if they are going to participate, it is critical to provide a safe environment with adult supervision.
Please inform your assistant superintendent of your plan to ensure student safety.
If students participate and do not return to class, they will be counted absent and are subject to discipline according to JCPS policies and procedures.
Thank you for your attention to this matter and for providing safe learning environments for our students.
Dr. Carmen Coleman
JCPS Acting Chief Academic Officer