Principal's Message

principal

March 2, 2018


Dear Parents:

Following the tragedy in Parkland, Florida, Women’s March Youth EMPOWER is planning a nationwide student led event on March 14th, 2018 to bring more awareness to the issue of gun violence in our schools. 

The event is titled #ENOUGH: NationalSchoolWalkout 

Women’s March Youth EMPOWER is calling for students, teachers, school administrators, parents and allies to take part in a #NationalSchoolWalkout for 17 minutes at 10am across every time zone on March 14, 2018 to protest Congress’ inaction to do more than tweet thoughts and prayers in response to the gun violence plaguing our schools and neighborhoods. We need action. Students and allies are organizing the national school walkout to demand Congress pass legislation to keep us safe from gun violence at our schools, on our streets and in our homes and places of worship.


Leland administration has been approached by students who would like us to be aware that they are planning on organizing and participating in this event at Leland Public School.

Mr. Stowe and I believe participation in this event is a clear case of our students exercising their First Amendment rights, specifically, “the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.”  As the school is neutral in this event, we believe our role in here is to simply ensure that the walkout is a peaceful, positive, meaningful experience for all involved.

In light of that fact, administration is working with students, staff, and local authorities to ensure our students are safe and able to have their voices heard.  We will require that any child in Grades Kg - 6 who wishes to participate must have a parent or guardian accompany him/her.  We will meet with all Grade 7-12 students prior to the event to convey our behavioral expectations for student conduct at the event, and we will be in attendance to help in keeping our students safe.  

We will be respecting the rights of all students, whether they choose to participate or not, and, regardless, of their viewpoint on the issue.  There will be no staff participation in the event and classes will run as normal on March 14th throughout the day.

Participating students will leave the building at 9:57AM to gather on-campus, and will return to class no later than 10:20AM.  Instruction in our classrooms will not pause during that time, and students will be held responsible for the material covered during the event.  There will be no debrief or reflection following the event during class time and attendance will be taken at 10:20AM to ensure that all of our participating students have returned to class.

We have organized a “Town Hall” meeting at the school on Tuesday, March 6 at 7:00PM in our Performing Art Center to discuss this event, and school security in general.  We hope that you can attend the meeting so we can answer whatever questions you may have.

Leland Public School has always encouraged our students to be actively engaged citizens who are knowledgeable about multiple viewpoints.  We want them to participate in democratic process and firmly believe that this event can be a positive, meaningful, learning experience for all involved.  

Respectfully,

Charles Gann
Principal

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