Following the tragic shooting in a Florida high school on February 14, students around the country are planning walkouts to protest school violence. Anticipating that this movement may come to District 11 schools, we want you to know how we will respond if students participate in a walkout.
We are proud that some of our students want to exercise their First Amendment rights to express their views on this important topic. When students advocate for an issue they feel passionate about, it can be a powerful learning experience. We also recognize that some students may not want to participate in a walkout and would prefer to stay in class. We want to ensure that all students feel safe and respected, no matter what they choose to do.
If a walkout occurs, schools and classes will continue on their normal schedule. At the elementary and middle school levels, parents/guardians will need to check their student out at the office and escort their student outside if they wish to participate. Parents/guardians will also need to check their student back in after the event is finished.
As always, the safety of our students is our priority. If a walkout should occur at any of our schools, staff will be in attendance in a supervisory role to ensure student safety. Thank you for your collaboration in these efforts as we work together to keep students safe. If you have questions about this message, please contact your child's school.
All that students need to bring is a backpack to school this year. 3rd-5th grades should bring a pair of earphones/earbuds to keep at school for daily instruction. The District 11 Board of Education, Springs Journey Church, and Jackson Elementary staff will be providing all other supplies.
Jackson Elementary School will be celebrating its' 50th Birthday this year!
We look forward to many events that recognize the many special people who have graduated, taught, worked, volunteered and been part of the life of Jackson Elementary. More information to follow.
Please contact Amanda Martinez with ideas.