Possible Student Walkouts

RE: Possible Student Walkouts

Dear Excelsior Families,

School shootings are devastating for victims, survivors, and communities and increase fear for students, parents, and educators throughout the nation. Our hearts go out to the victims and their families after the mass shooting at Majory Stoneman Douglas High School in Florida on February 14, 2018, as well as all victims of school shootings.

Some students may wish to show solidarity with the Florida victims by planning and taking part in walkouts on March 14 and April 20 of 2018. I applaud these students’ empathy and civic engagement and support the right of all students to exercise their Frist Amendment rights. We are providing information and alternative opportunities based on guidance from the State Superintendent of Public Instruction, Tom Torlakson.

We have been working with Excelsior students to create alternative opportunities for all students to safely and respectfully express their views, while remaining on campus. Students must, for their own safety, be urged to stay on campus.

Students who leave class or campus without permission may face school discipline. In addition, students should be reminded that acts such as blocking traffic or harming business are wrong, will shed a negative light on their cause, and can lead to legal action.

My hope is that the plans we have created as alternatives to the school walkouts can lead to opportunities for students to express their feelings, learn about government, civic participation, and how to engage in civil, respectful dialogue about critical and often emotional issues. We will have staff on campus to support students who may need emotional support.

Here are the alternative opportunities that will take place on campus:

Wednesday, March 14th: at 10 AM, staff and student speeches will be given over the loud speaker while students are in workshops/study halls. Teachers will escort students outside for a moment of silence and the release of 17 balloons to symbolize the 17 fallen in Florida. Students will return to their workshops/study halls to hear their kindness challenge for the day. During lunch, tables will be set up in the quad with information on writing letters to government officials to voice concerns and opinions; the kindness challenges will continue during lunch as well.

Friday, April 20th: at 10 AM, staff and student speeches will be given over the loud speaker while students are in workshops/study halls. Teachers will escort students outside for a moment of silence. Students and staff are encouraged to wear orange. Students will return to their workshops/study halls to hear their kindness challenge for the day. During lunch, tables will be set up in the quad with information on writing letters to government officials to voice concerns and opinions; the kindness challenges will continue during lunch as well. Lastly, students can sign an anti-bulling pledge during lunch time activities.

We appreciate your support and help during a time where it is imperative we come together as a community to protect our students.

Please contact my office with any questions or concerns.

Sincerely,

Lindsey Lee
Principal
Excelsior Victorville Campus
lindseyl@excelsior.com
760-245-4262, extension 279

Here are some helpful resources to help inform your family:

Wednesday, March 14th: National School Walk Out for 17 minutes (in remembrance of Florida) at 10 AM. Sponsored by Women’s March: https://www.actionnetwork.org/event_campaigns/enough-national-schoolwalkout

Saturday, March 24th: “March for Our Lives” event in D.C. https://www.marchforourlives.com/

Friday, April 20th: National High School Walk Out. Wear Orange and walk out. In remembrance of Columbine (19th anniversary). https://www.change.org/p/u-s-senate-national-high-school-walk-out-for-anti-gun-violence

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