Message from the Superintendent: Student Political Activity

Message from the Superintendent: Student Political Activity

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The following message was sent on behalf of the Superintendent of Schools to CCSD parents on Feb. 28, 2018:

Dear Parents,

High school students across the country are planning to participate in the National School Walkout on Wednesday, March 14, to protest school shootings and to honor the students and teachers killed on Feb. 14 at Stoneman Douglas High School.

We respect students’ rights to political speech and to assemble, but also are strongly committed to ensuring such activities don’t disrupt the education of their classmates.

In anticipation that our students will want to join in the National event, Superintendent of Schools Dr. Brian V. Hightower today directed all of our high school Principals to assist their school’s student government leaders in planning student-led observances.

These events will be held at the same time as the National event from approximately 10 to 10:17 a.m. on March 14. While student led, the events will be supervised by school administrators and CCSD School Police Officers to ensure safety and security.

Students are not required to participate in these events, and classroom activities will continue during these events. Students who participate in the events will not face academic penalty or disciplinary action as long as they promptly return to class at the event’s conclusion.

It is our hope that these events will be a time for students to reflect on the lives lost in Parkland, strengthen their feelings of school unity and know that their School District supports them.

Barbara P. Jacoby
Chief Communications Officer
Cherokee County School District