Parents of Grant Union Junior-Senior High School students received a letter recently from the school regarding National School Walkout days set for Wednesday, March 14, and Friday, April 20.
Grant Union Principal Ryan Gerry said in the letter he felt it was important for parents to be aware of the nationwide movement that involves students walking out of class for 17 minutes at 10 a.m., across each time zone, on those dates to honor those killed earlier this year in the massacre at a Parkland, Florida, high school and to protest gun violence.
“Grant Union Junior-Senior High School neither supports nor condones this nationwide planned event,” Gerry said.
The letter informed parents how the school will handle the situation if any Grant Union students choose to participate.
A student is considered tardy if they are up to 15 minutes late to class, and absent if they arrive more than 15 minutes late.
“As with any other situation where a student leaves class without permission, students that choose to participate will be marked with an unexcused absence for the period,” Gerry said in the letter. “Unexcused absences will need to be cleared by the parent or guardian.”
He added that any student who is not in school for the entire day, whether excused or unexcused, would not be allowed to participate in extra-curricular events or practices.
Gerry also said, if students choose to gather off school district property, school supervision will not be present.
“Students who participate in this event will not be subject to discipline actions unless their activity causes a substantial disruption to the educational environment,” Gerry stated.
In Dayville, superintendent/principal Kathryn Hedrick said she didn’t anticipate any of their 12 high school students, including four international students, participating in the event.
She said that she and other school officials are aware of it, and they’ve talked with the students about it.
“We haven’t heard of any wanting to walk out,” she said.