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    A Letter From The Principal
    Posted on 09/18/2019

    Dear Families,

    Community activism, whether locally or globally, has always been a deeply held value in Seattle and
    in our public schools. I am writing to let you know that students may choose to walk out on
    September 20 to participate in the Global Climate strike. We will follow our district protocols
    regarding student walkouts.

    Seattle Public Schools (SPS) is not sponsoring this event, but we honor students’ constitutional
    right to freedom of expression and the important role young people can have in addressing issues
    that affect us all. Board Policy 3223, Freedom of Assembly formally acknowledges this commitment.

    While we support our students’ first amendment right to peacefully protest and recognize the
    urgency of making change to protect the climate and our collective future, when civic engagement
    includes missing class (i.e. participation in a walkout), there is a standardized district
    approach.

    State law (RCW 28A.300.046 and WAC 392-401-020) which guides school district policy, does not allow
    an excused absence for participation in a walkout. Guidance on student walkouts is posted on the 
    district’s website including information on making up class work and student safety during
    protests.

    We will maintain regular class schedules on September 20 for students who do not walkout and will
    encourage staff to provide learning-based activities focused on climate change throughout the day.

    Please talk with your student about this event. Once students leave our campus for unsponsored
    events, Seattle Public Schools can no longer guarantee their safety. We ask you to please discuss
    your family's expectations with your student about their participation, safety, and communication
    with you if they choose to leave school during the day.

    Sincerely,

    Dr. Barbara Casey

    Principal