MCS Considerations on Student-led Walkouts

MCS Considerations on Student-led Walkouts
Posted on 03/08/2018

Following last month’s deadly school shooting in Parkland, Florida, student-led walkouts and protests are taking place throughout the country.  National school walkouts are planned for Wednesday, March 14 by the Women's March’s Youth EMPOWER group, a March for Our Lives on Saturday,March 24 that has been organized by some of the Parkland families with support from national gun violence coalitions, and anational day of action is being promoted by the Network for Public Education and the National Education Association on Friday, April 20. Learn more about the protests

Mason Walkouts
Some Mason High School and Mason Middle School students have approached the administration with their desire to participate in the March 14 walkout. National organizers are encouraging the walkout to take place at 10am for 17 minutes to honor the 17 people killed on February 14. The Mason City School District does not sanction any walkout. We respect students’ rights to raise their voices and express their concerns. We appreciate that student leaders have understood that their expression must be done in a way that does not cause disruption or interfere with the orderly conduct of learning or school activities. While we support student advocacy, leaving our schools poses a significant safety risk, and any student who does so will face disciplinary consequences. Employees are not allowed to participate in walkouts that occur during the school day because staff have an obligation to support students, and it is inappropriate for employees to persuade or influence students to support a particular political cause.

- Mason High School: Those MHS students wishing to participate in the walkout on March 14 plan to spend the 17 minutes in the Field House.

- Mason Middle School: Those MMS students wishing to participate in the walkout on March 14 plan to do so during their own lunch.

- Mason Intermediate School, Western Row Elementary & Mason Early Childhood Center: We are not facilitating any walkouts or gatherings at the elementary level. Parents who wish to have their elementary-aged child participate in protests will need to come into school and sign their child out as with any other absence. This will be considered an excused absence. While we understand that some parents and/or community members are interested in showing support for students’ efforts, for safety purposes the walkouts at MMS and MHS are not open to the public.

- Classes, school routines and activities will continue for all Mason City Schools students not participating in the walkout.

Please consider having conversations with your child about your family’s expectations and values. Thank you for your continued partnership.

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