Greetings Parents, Students and Community Members,
This Wednesday, March 14th, 2018 District Schools around the country will continue to embrace strength and voice as we and students continue to mourn for the victims of the tragic school shooting in Parkland, Florida. As part of the emotional recovery process, schools are asked to participate in a day of solidarity, strength and more importantly civic engagement.
To support this effort, to empower students to create a dialogue toward action, all schools are being encouraged to honor the 17 lives lost at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland by participating in on-campus activities for 17 minutes at approximately 10 a.m. on March 14th. The school has scheduled this event during homeroom, to which all homerooms will escort their classes after BIC and report to the football field to where the homeroom numbers are located. At 10 am we will all stand in solidarity for 17 minutes and dismiss afterwards to break time followed by period 3. Should there be a student or staff member who would like to express their voice in a positive manner for change, during the 17 minutes a microphone and stage will be available in the middle of the field for that purpose.
Please know, students have the right to freedom of speech, and they may participate in peaceful dialogue and activities on campus, within parameters set by the school and District policy. We ask that parents and guardians listen and speak to their children and encourage them not to leave campus. Our goal is to ensure the safety of all students and staff, along with providing students an opportunity to express themselves in a safe manner that respects the school environment.
We also ask parents to please monitor their child’s social-media activity and behavior and to communicate any concerns to school personnel. By following the principle, “If you see something, say something,” students, families and employees can continue working with us as partners in contributing to the safety, security and well-being of our schools.
Should you need additional information, please feel free to call any member of the Social Services Team or administrator.
Rafael L. Balderas, Principal