Planned Student Walk Outs: While the District recognizes and respects a student’s freedom of speech rights, District employees will not promote, endorse or participate in any demonstration, distribution of materials, assembly, sit-in, or walk out during work hours or while serving as an agent or representative of LAUSD.
Please take the time to discuss with your students the coming walkouts in March and April. Instead of protesting academic and social inequities, students are now advocating for stricter gun-control laws and more mental health resources. Demanding that legislators take action to address the prevalence of school shootings, students across the country have organized and currently, have three major events planned:
10:00 a.m., Wednesday, March 14, 2018
Saying enough is enough, the Women’s March youth group, Empower, is sponsoring this national walkout and encouraging teachers, students, administrators, parents, and others to walk out for 17 minutes in honor of the 17 students and adults killed at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School last month.
Saturday, March 24, 2018
Students from across the country, calling for school safety and gun control, plan to March for Our Lives in Washington, D.C. According to the website, “The mission and focus of March for Our Lives is to demand that a comprehensive and effective bill be immediately brought before Congress to address these gun issues. No special interest group, no political agenda is more critical than timely passage of legislation to effectively address the gun violence issues that are rampant in our country.” They anticipate more than 500,000 participants.
Friday, April 20, 2018
A national high school walkout is being planned by Connecticut students on this day, which is the 19th anniversary of the Columbine shooting. No specific time has been determined as yet. Plans are still fluid, but a petition circulating on Change.org has already garnered almost 100,000 signatures.
I want to take this opportunity to remind all pumas that they have a right to freedom of speech and they may participate in free speech activities at the puma land as long as they are peaceful demonstrations on campus and preferably during non-instructional time. Administration will support these activities as long as their speech, expression, or conduct is not obscene, lewd, libelous, and slanderous and it does not incite students to destroy property or inflict injury upon any person or does not cause a substantial disruption to the operations of the school.
I also want to inform parents that "students who voluntarily leave the school campus during a demonstration will be directed to return to the campus. A student’s refusal to adhere to this directive may result in disciplinary action against that student. Once students are off campus, school site administrators do not have a legal obligation to protect the safety and welfare of the students. If the student demonstration or walk-out causes a disruption to the general public, local law enforcement may respond to the situation. The District has no control over how local law enforcement will handle the situation."
Please talk to your kids about these activities and you wouldlike them to proceed. If you have any questions, do not hesitate to email me at email@example.com ot call the Main Office at (818) 700-2222.