Thought the OG would get a kick out of this. Seems less authentic when the school district is aware of it.
Dear Denver Public Schools Families,
This week marks the one-month anniversary of the tragic school shootings Feb. 14 in Parkland, Florida. Since that time, students across the country have been coming together to protest gun violence and a national student walkout is planned for 10 a.m. Wednesday. Please see our communication to our community after the tragedy on Keeping Our Kids Safe (https://www.dpsk12.org/our-dps-weekly-keeping-our-kids-safe/).
We want to make you aware of this event as well as activities planned to keep all students safe.
DPS encourages our students to learn about civic events and to use their critical thinking skills in understanding how these events affect our communities. In our vision of a DPS graduate, our students are able to “think critically to understand and effectively respond to complex issues, communicate with impact, and strive to understand the perspective of others.”
Our focus on Wednesday is on providing safe spaces for students to learn and engage in these important issues, including peacefully and respectfully making their voices heard. We appreciate your support in ensuring our kids are safe.
We believe strongly in allowing our school leaders, those closest to our kids and communities, to make decisions regarding their school activities. However, we wanted to provide some general guidance for Wednesday. Please check with your individual school if you have questions or concerns:
Students in grades preschool (ECE) through 5 will follow normal schedules. Families who want their elementary students to participate in walkout activities should do so off school property. Parents/guardians will need to sign their child out of school in the morning and bring their children to school after the walkout.
Students in grades 6-8 may be provided age-appropriate educational activities about the issue of guns in our society and/or may be offered safe spaces in school to express their views. For their own safety, students in these middle school grades will not be allowed to walk off campus. Parents/guardians who want their middle school students to participate in walkout activities will need to sign their child out of school in the morning and bring their children back to school after the walkout.
Students in grades 9-12 will be provided the opportunity to participate in age-appropriate educational activities and will be offered safe spaces in school to express their views. Our educators will be encouraging students to stay on campus to share their views safely or to participate in educational activities such as teach-ins. We will not prevent those high school students who wish to leave school to protest on Wednesday from doing so.
The DPS Safety team is working closely with Denver Police to monitor planned walkouts and to help ensure everyone’s safety. In all cases, the safety of our students is our top concern.
For all students, we will follow normal attendance policies. This means any students not present in their scheduled classes will be marked absent unless a parent or guardian provides permission.
Thank you for your partnership in keeping all kids safe.