April 3rd, 2019
We have been made aware that across the province, on Thursday, April 4th, students are talking about walking out of their classes to demonstrate their feelings about the recently announced changes regarding our public education system.
As educators, we respect the right of students to express their voice in a positive and respectful way, where such actions are peaceful and safe, and do not hinder the safe passage of people in our schools or the opportunity for learning and academic success.
We are committed to supporting the safe and appropriate expression of student views:
- Protests must be peaceful and respectful (adhere to the school code of conduct).
- Students choosing to participate should become informed on why they are protesting.
- Students should remain on school grounds at all times. School staff are unable to supervise students who choose to leave school property.
- Students choosing not to participate must be allowed to do so, without pressure.
- Students choosing to participate will be marked absent from their class(es) and may be missing previously scheduled assessments. Parents will be responsible for validating absences.
While students are thinking about being active citizens and about how to make their voices heard, we would ask that, as a family, you discuss the issue and your student’s actions.